Shooting Shakes Up a South Buffalo Neighborhood

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

August 26, 2011 Updated Aug 26, 2011 at 1:14 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - A man was rushed to ECMC after being shot by 55-year-old Pascual Cruz.

"I heard a gun shot and came up to take a look outside my window," resident Bryan Valvo-McHugh said.

Resident Dan Shaver, 31, said he is shocked that this could happen in his neighborhood.

"This area around here, especially because we have the police station so close by, has a relatively low crime rate," Shaver said.

The scene of that crime was Molly's Tavern on South Park Avenue. Witnesses said a group of people left the bar and got into a scuffle at the entrance. They then went to the neighboring home, banging on the door and shouting. Cruz was inside the house. He pulled a gun and shot, allegedly hitting the 38-year-old man in the abdomen.

"He seem like he was doing pretty OK and didn't look like he was in distress at the time," Valvo-Mchugh said.

Authorities said that victim is in critical condition at ECMC.

As for Cruz, he fired the shot and went back in his home. When police arrived, he refused to come out so the SWAT team was called in. The suspect surrendered and was arrested before the team could get to the scene.

Many residents said the bar has caused problems in the past and the incident this morning has many people concerned.

"I'm a little worried. He only fire one shot if he fired more there is no telling if it would have went through somebody's window or hit someone else," Valvo-Mchugh said.

Channel 7 was unable to get a hold of the owner of the bar but we did talk to people who support the local business.

"It never bothered me or my kids. When I went up there before they got to know me, they gave me a hard time because I look so young so I wouldn't have thought they had a problem with underage drinking," Shaver said.

Cruz has been charged with attempted murder and assault. The reason for the shooting is unknown as police continue to investigate the incident.