BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- A 16 year old was shot in the city's entertainment district on the 500 block of Pearl Street near Tupper early Sunday morning. The teenager was taken to the hospital for serious injuries. "16 and 17 years old, out at 2 in the morning at a party at the Christian Center they rented out to a promoter. Had one of these parties that took place and it turned bad," Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said. "There were fights inside, people going outside, and we had a shooting. We have a couple suspects who remain nameless at this point."
Buffalo Common Council members have been trying to come up with solutions to the problem of underage drinking in the Chippewa Entertainment District. A public hearing is scheduled on Tuesday at 2pm in city hall.
One proposal, from the Buffalo Police Commissioner, is to ban people under the age of 21 from wandering around there. "The problem I have are the kids who are coming to the area to hang out and are causing problems," Commissioner Derenda said. "This is an example of it. You have 16 year olds out at 2 in the morning, we had a fight, we actually had a robbery up in that area at the same time by a group of young teens, and then we had this shooting. So I believe they don't belong down in that area at that time."
And more violence further north in the Elmwood Village. Another mugging happened Thursday evening on Summer Street near Richmond. A woman was threatened with a knife for her money. "We've had a couple muggings, I believe there were three," Commissioner Derenda said. "We're looking to see if they're related."
Officials announced Tuesday they now have foot and bicycle police patrols out for the warm season, including in the downtown Chippewa area. "This is the third summer that we are having enhanced patrols with officers that are specifically on bike, on foot, and on Segway in our commercial business districts, residential neighborhoods and parks," Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said. "With the efforts of our police department and various initiatives that we have in place, crime is down overall this year from the same period of time last year, by 7 percent."