BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Buffalo City Court Judge Honorable Patrick Carney, along with D.A. Frank Sedita, have cleared 25-year-old Keith Johnson of Minnesota Avenue of charges stemming from the Saturday night shooting of eight people.
Sedita is crediting the NFTA cameras along Main Street that captured the incident and witnesses that came forward in making his recommendation to clear Johnson.
Judge Carney, however, is holding Johnson on a parole violation from another incident. Johnson's parole stipulates he cannot be in a bar during his release.
Johnson was booked late Saturday afternoon for his alleged role in the murders of two men and two women, as well as injuring four other men, in the vicinity of 268 Main Street around 2:30 Saturday morning.
Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, who was in court this morning, stated today that the investigation is continuing, and that witnesses have been cooperating with police detectives.
In the incident, four people have died, all having been shot along Main
Street between Seneca and Swan Streets. Four others were wounded - one critically.
The dead include two men, 26 year old Willie McCaa III; 30 year old Danyell Mackin and two women, 27 year old Shawnita McNeil and 32 years old Tiffany Wilhite.
Two men - 27 year old James Robb Jr. and 30 years old Shamar Davis, were listed in stable condition, Another 27 year old male Tillman Ward was shot in the elbow, and listed in good condition. A 30 year old male remains in critical condition, Demario Vass.
There was a party honoring a married couple, at the City Grill, 268 Main
Street. The 30 year old husband is one of the dead at the scene.
Investigators are looking into reports that there was at least one
incident inside the restaurant, and that one individual may have been
escorted out of the establishment. Management made a decision to close for the night and a large number of people were leaving.
At around 2:30a.m. someone began firing a gun from the east side of Main Street, from a parking lot, and the shots struck eight people - four of them fatally. Three victims were dead at the scene and a fourth was rushed to the Buffalo General Hospital, but did not survive. The other victims were treated at Erie County Medical Center.
The crime scene includes the pedestrian mall area of Main Street, and
property damage included several glass windows on one of the subway stops, as well as a nearby business. The Niagara Frontier Transit Police have assisted Central District officers and Homicide Squad detectives with the initial calls to the scene and follow-up
Eyewitness News is continuing to following this story, and will have updates as they become available.