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Amherst Police identify man killed near elementary school

Posted at 11:36 PM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-25 12:43:01-04

AMHERST, N.Y. (WKBW) — Amherst Police have identified a 31-year-old man killed in a shooting Thursday night as James Booker III.

It happened late Thursday night on Springville Avenue near Oxford Avenue. That's right around the corner from Windermere Boulevard Elementary School, and about one mile from University at Buffalo South Campus.

Officers responded to the scene around 10:17 p.m. following multiple 911 calls reporting shots fired. They found Booker dead on Springville. They said he was a resident of the street, but did not say whether he was found inside or outside his home.

Officers had not arrested anyone at the time they updated the media early Friday morning, but said there is no danger to the public.

A car was towed away from the scene as part of the investigation, police said.

Multiple roads were closed due to police activity and remained closed into the overnight hours. Police said neighbors could expect a police presence through the remainder of Friday.

Police said they have spoken with a few people about the shooting and plan to speak to many other people as well.

Police have asked anyone with information to call Amherst detectives at 689-1322.

The Erie County Sheriff's Helicopter was on a training mission and came over for support, police said, but it was not requested. Amherst officers also received assistance from UB police, Town of Tonawanda police, Eggertsville Hose Company and Twin City Ambulance.

This is a developing story, stay tuned for updates as they become available.