MLK Park Attracts Mother's Day Crowd

May 13, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

May 13, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 6:50 AM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) On Mother's Day Sunday a handful of families were enjoying MLK Park just one day after a violent shooting.

"At first I was a little nervous but after a while being out here I kinda forgot about it," said Tyree Wells, a Buffalo resident.

Police say a man walked up to a family birthday party around 8:30 Saturday night and started spraying the crowd with bullets from a semi-automatic handgun. The suspect fled on foot down Meyers Street. Five people were hit all in their 20's. Two of the victims are in critical condition.

"When the kids see bullets all they know is to duck, it's not like they're being trained okay don't shoot it's not good. Because when they daddy is the one that's shooting when they daddy is 21, 22 you raising your kid to be like that so the kids not going to be scared like they should be," said Melinda Washington, a Buffalo resident.

"The people are the community and if the people that make up the community are the ones that are causing the violence, it's kind of hard to really make a positive community," said Candice Washington, a Buffalo resident.

Samuel Herbert is the chairman of the Coalition to Save MLK Park. He told Eyewitness News, "What y'all did yesterday was crossed the line when ya'll stepped into Martin Luther King Park."

The city invested $4 million in improvements at the park which are set to debut this July including water sprayers and a wading pool that will double as an ice skating rink during the winter.

"We don't need any type of negativeness like this to be bestowed upon Dr. Martin Luther King park. It goes against everything Dr. King stood for and that is nonviolence," said Herbert.

Park supporters are hoping the community can put the violence behind them, and come out for Juneteenth Festivities at the park.