Violence Continues with West Side Shooting

May 22, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM EDT

By Allen Leight

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May 22, 2012 Updated Oct 19, 2013 at 8:31 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Buffalo police homicide detectives were on the scene of a double shooting on the city's west side Tuesday evening.

Detectives say a male and female were shot in a drive-by shooting on 18th Street in the city just after 5:00 p.m.

The male, believed to be in his mid 20's, was declared dead at the scene. The female was transported to the hospital after being struck in the arm area.

Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

An eyewitness from out of town, who was visiting a home near where the shooting occurred, says that what took place after the shooting was just as disturbing.

"I kept hearing them say, 'oh don't tell the cops, don't tell the cops what you saw. A lot of people get shot around here if you talk," said the witness, who did not want to be identified for fear of retribution.

There is a culture of fear that is prevalent in the some of the city's most violent neighborhoods. Neighbors and witnesses are often unwilling or afraid to speak with police to help catch those responsible.

And while it is normal for those living everyday in those neighborhoods, for an outsider, it is difficult to understand.

"I was just shocked...I mean people saw it happened, they didn't do anything, they didn't call the cops. They were just standing around and just watching him...like watching him die. I can't believe what I saw, I can't believe this just happened and nobody cared," the witnessed explained.

The frustration is apparent among police as well.

"We've said before in the past numerous times in numerous places it's not the police who solve these crimes, it's the people who come forward, who have the courage to come forward and give us the information," said Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255.