By-Standers Say Teen Was Not Intended Target

October 2, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2010 at 12:09 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

October 2, 2010 Updated Oct 2, 2010 at 12:09 AM EDT


It was a brutal attack, possibly from an assault rifle. At least 19 shots were fired at a Buffalo home on the 300-block of Hewitt Avenue around nine o'clock Thursday night.

"I lost count after like the tenth because there were so many shots all at once," said Kayla Russo, a nearby neighbor.

Fifteen-year old Dominique Maye who was sitting in the living room was killed. Police say she lived in the house with her relatives including a
six-year old, seven-year- old, 16-year- old and one adult. They were not hurt. Dominique was the only victim.

"It makes no sense that she's dead because of some little dummy, you know, running around with a gun," said Dominique's cousin, who didn't wish to give her name.

Friday, a moment of silence was held at Riverside High School where Dominique was a freshman. Grief counselors were also available.

"I'm in shock. I mean, like my daughter goes to school here and now it makes me wonder. But it's a good school and she does really well here but I'm shocked. I'm concerned," said Anatasha Spike, a parent of a student at Riverside High.

"She had nothing to do with it, she ran track, she good at what she do, she's smart...I think it's ridiculous!" said Dominique's cousin.

As police try to track down the killer people on the streets are talking. They do not believe Dominique was the intended target, but think someone else in the home was.

"Whether this is in fact a targeted house or targeted individual, or it is a mistake or is it something that happened outside and it was somebody caught in the cross fire, that's what our homicide detectives are going to get to the bottom of," said Detective Richards of the Buffalo Police Department.

If you have information to help solve the murder contact the Buffalo Police Confidential Tipline at 716-847-2255.