Mayor Does Street Walk to Curb Crime

May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 23, 2012 Updated May 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) -- Mayor Byron Brown taking advantage of a rare opportunity on Massachusetts Avenue Wednesday afternoon, talking directly to the friends of 19 year old Shaquille Woods steps away from where Woods was gunned down Saturday.

His friends say the young victim will never get to see his unborn baby boy.

"We're going to find the person who is responsible for this," Mayor Brown told the group.

The mission of the mayor's walk is to make a face-to-face appeal to the community to work with police in curbing violence in the city.

"We've had a spike in May. Up until May 1st we had we had eight homicides, since May 1st we've had seven more it's very unacceptable we're going to work hard to put these people in jail," said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda who also participated in the walk.

When we asked friends of Woods what they think the solution is they said employment and others agree.

"The shortest way to stop a bullet is a job," said Maxine Murphy a resident who lives nearby.

Just a couple of blocks from where Woods was killed two people were shot on 18th Street Tuesday.

A man in his 20's died from his injuries and a pregnant women was wounded in the arm but survived. Witnesses overheard people telling others not to cooperate with police.

Still are unphased and continuing their crackdown.

"Even with the cops presence I don't feel safe at all. Not even with the cops presence because when we do see the cops they're just mainly harassing they're not really trying to knock on doors and see what's going on," explained Brenda Miller who also lives in the neighborhood.

So far no one has been arrested in any of the cases. If you have any information call or text the police confidential tip line at
716-847-2255.