BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) – For the first time in several days, Buffalo has gone more than 24-hours without a reported shooting. Police still have not made any arrests in the recent violence, and they remain on high alert.
Many people gathered at MLK Park for a picnic to reclaim peace in the area after a shooting there on Saturday injured four people and took the life of one. That victim was Marquay Lee, 26, died Wednesday morning in the hospital.
Police are now searching for the suspect who opened fire on the dozens of adults and children in the park. Residents and leaders said this murder could be the breaking point for the community.
"We're tired of living in a state of terrorism. This is terrorism right here in our own backyard,” Rev. Darren Young said.
On Tuesday night, residents gathered in another part of the community to remember Samantha Cothran, 23. She was the victim of a shooting of Minnesota Avenue. Hundreds of her family and friends gathered at the sight where the young college graduate was shot after leaving a party early Sunday morning. Police believe she got caught in the crossfire and was not the gunman’s intended target.
Police are working around the clock to find more information. If you know anything about the crimes, they are asking people to call their confidential tip line at 716-847-2255.