Police Say MLK Incident Was Not A Random Act

May 14, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM EDT

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Police Say MLK Incident Was Not A Random Act

May 14, 2012 Updated May 14, 2012 at 9:57 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW / release) Buffalo Police Police are releasing the names of the injured who were shot while they were in the vicinity of shelter number 4 in Martin Luther King Park, shortly after 8:30 pm, Saturday evening.

Those wounded are identified as Marquay T. Lee, (1/21/86), Edmond Carter (3/1/84) - both of whom were taken to the Erie County Medical Center, and listed in critical condition.

Reached by phone, the father of Marquay T. Lee declined a recorded interview at this time, simply to say he is praying for his son.

Aron Rose (7/6/91), Shaneta Payne (9/22/84), Jahond Taylor (5/19/88) were also treated at the medical center for injuries sustained when a lone gunman approached on foot, near Best and Meyers Streets.

The suspect fled on foot, south on Meyers, after firing multiple times into the crowd, injuring the five individuals.

A police spokesperson tells Eyewitness News that the shooting was not a random act. Officials are continuing to ask for the public's help in the continuing investigation of this violent attack.

In a LIVE interview with Channel 7's John Borsa, Ellicott District Councilman Rev. Darius Pridgen said that everything is being done to find the gunman. He added that his True Bethel Baptist Church will be having a hot dog picnic in MLK Park Wednesday from 4 until 5p.m. to promote an end to violence.

Anyone with information can contact police anonymously through the TIPCALL number, 847-2255, or text a tip at 716.847-2255 - or use the department's website, www.bpdny.org.