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Fatal shooting on Monday is third homicide in as many days in Buffalo

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 18:54:09-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A fatal shooting on Monday marks the third homicide in the city of Buffalo in as many days.

Buffalo Police say a man was struck by gunfire while sitting inside of a vehicle just after 12 p.m. in the first block of Alice Avenue.

The victim was declared deceased at the scene.

Monday's incident follows a grim weekend in Buffalo.

On Sunday, a body was discovered inside a U-Haul truck on Herkimer Street. Police say a man was shot to death inside the truck.

The victim in Sunday's incident was killed in an apparent drug-related crime, according to a law enforcement source.

On Saturday evening, a 29-year-old man was shot on Breckenridge Street. He died at Erie County Medical Center.

It is unclear if any of these cases are connected.

Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo says since August 1, four people have been shot, three fatally.

"Sometimes even in our non-fatal shootings our victim's aren't cooperative with us because it's a targeted act and they're involved in certain activities they don't want us involved in," he said,

That's why BPD is hoping a new program called shoot review will help curb both fatal and non-fatal shootings in the city, which are up 85% since June.

For weeks, law enforcement officials, community leaders, and anti-violence advocates have been raising awareness about an uptick in gang-related crime in Buffalo this summer.

Six billboards have been erected throughout the city, calling for an end to gun trafficking.