BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - A rash of violence in the Queen City over the holiday weekend has left at least one dead, another in critical condition and many in nearby communities afraid to even go outside.
"We tired, man. We tired of this, for real," exclaimed Dwayne Ferguson, President of Mad Dads.
"Nobody should be afraid to sit on their porch, nobody should be afraid to walk to the corner store, nobody should be afraid to have their children go out and play in the neighborhood," he continued.
On Saturday, a Buffalo Police officer suffered non life-threatening injuries after being shot in the leg.
Then late Sunday night, 51-year-old William Blackmon III, known by most as 'Popeye', was shot in the head outside of a mini-mart on Moselle and East Ferry streets on the east side.
Blackmon collapsed a few steps away in a nearby alley where he died.
Less than 24-hours later a man was shot on Kilhoffer Street, just eight blocks from where Blackmon was gunned down the night before. That victim, a male in his 20's, is in critical condition.
Just a short time later police were called to the scene of a stabbing on Oakmont Avenue. The status of that victim is still unknown.
"If this is an omen of what's to come, I'm very concerned," said Erie County Legislative Chair Betty-Jean Grant.
Grant and her husband run a store just a few steps from where Blackmon was killed Sunday night. Grant even hosed away the blood that remained in the alley before the neighborhood kids were able to see it.
She says it is time for people in the neighborhoods to begin to speak-up if they want to take their community back.
"If you see something, say it, because it may be somebody else today, it could be you tomorrow. And nobody wants to live in a neighborhood where they are afraid to go out," said Grant.
Ferguson agreed adding, "You see something going down, call the hotline. You see something happen, really come out and tell the truth. That's what's going to make it become a better neighborhood and better community."
Grant also says violent crime is the number-one issue of residents when it comes to the race for Mayor of the City of Buffalo, and despite claims from City Hall that overall crime is down, the people in her district are not seeing it.
"Maybe crime for burglaries and home invasions might be down but crime involving guns is certainly not down," said Grant.
Anyone with information on any of the violent crimes over the weekend is asked to call or text a tip to the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip line at (716) 847-2255.
Tips may also be e-mailed at www.bpdny.org .