It's been more than a week since eight people were shot, four fatally, outside the City Grill in downtown Buffalo and still no one is under arrests for the crime. On Monday, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown defended how police are handling the investigation. Police have a prime suspect in the City Grill murders, a suspect who's still on the loose, but police have chosen not to provide the public with a description of their suspected killer.
"Because it is so incredibly high profile that putting out a composite, putting out information about the shooter could jeopardize the legal case after the arrest is made," says Mayor Brown, relaying the explanation he's been given by police and the district attorney.
The mayor says police are closing in on the suspect. "I think that an arrest will be made in this case which we are all hopeful will occur very shortly," says Mayor Brown.
While the wait for an arrest continues Buffalo native Randy Sargent is taking action. He'll start a 600 mile memorial walk to Washington, D.C. on Saturday. "My mission is to carry the names of homicide victims as a symbol of the collective death, pain, loss and mourning of our communities," explains Sargent. Sargent also took a public stand three years ago when two teens were gunned down on Buffalo's east side. He went on a hunger strike until police caught the killers.
For his walk to the nation's capitol Sargent will be joined part of the way by 13-year-old Brandon Louis of Buffalo who lost his father to violence seven years ago. Brandon's hoping to deliver a message to President Obama about controlling violence here at home. "I know we have people in Iraq that's fighting for our country that they're losing their lives but they... I'm not trying to be rude or nothing but Obama, you have to step up," says Brandon.
Brandon Louis and Randy Sargent start their walk this Saturday afternoon, August 28th, at 2:00 in Niagara Square. They're encouraging everyone who's been touched by violence to attend the kick-off to show their support for the effort.
Sargent says he plans to walk 25-30 miles a day and expects to arrive in Washington on September 25th.