Local Officials Call for Justice in MLK Park Shooting

May 13, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

May 13, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 6:51 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) Mayor Byron Brown held a news conference today alongside Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and District Attorney Frank Sedita, calling the shooting last night at Martin Luther King Park a "cowardly act" of a "madman." They also asked for the assistance of the public to help catch the person responsible.

The shooting happened at approximately 8:30 Saturday night at MLK Park. Police say a group was having a party when the suspect approached them and opened fire. Authorities confirmed that five people were shot, and as of Saturday two are still in critical condition at ECMC. The other three are expected to survive.

Mayor Brown affirmed his belief that the park is safe, that the city of Buffalo is safe, and that this random act of violence is simply unacceptable.

"My message to to those cowards that did this yesterday is you can run but you can't hide. You shouldn't feel comfortable anywhere you go in this community," Mayor Brown said.

"It is not going to be tolerated. We are going to work 24/7 to get this job done, utilize every tool available from our federal, state and local partners and we're going to do everything we can to bring this person to justice," Buffalo Police Commissioner Dan Derenda said.

The Mayor, Police Commissioner, and DA all urged anyone with any information including friends or family of the suspect to come forward and turn him in. Anyone with any information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential Tipline at 716-847-2255.