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Buffalo shootings up 71 percent this year

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Posted at 10:08 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 10:18:37-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Shootings in Buffalo are up 71 percent compared to last year, Buffalo Police say.

These statistics come as the entire nation is seeing an uptick in crime.

Buffalo Police say 199 people have been shot since the first day of the year. 120 of those have been since June 1.

“I think the pandemic definitely has something to do with it,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Joe Gramaglia. “You can’t run Grand Jury’s, you can’t indict defendants.”

Buffalo residents, like Cavina Littlejohn says she feels her grandchildren can’t even play outside anymore.

“I’m at the point right now where I’m looking to relocate,” she said. “I’m tired of it,” she said of the violence.

Last month we told you about a new program with Buffalo Police called Shoot Review. They’re weekly meetings with local and federal law enforcement partners. Deputy Commissioner Gramaglia says it’s already seeing success.