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Lockport schools on lockdown during police investigation

Posted at 1:30 PM, Oct 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-19 18:58:27-04

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Lockport City School District was on lockdown Monday afternoon during an active police investigation in the area.

The Lockport Police Department blocked the intersection of Walnut Street and Erie Street to traffic early Monday afternoon. The roadblock was removed at 3:30 pm.

Several police vehicles were at the intersection when 7 Eyewitness News arrived. It appears to our team in the field that officers are investigating an apparent shooting, we have reached out to police for more information.

Police activity was focused on a house near the corner on Erie Street where one person was taken away by officers.

A car was also towed from the scene and the street was littered with bullet casings.

Video recorded by a Nest camera on a resident's porch appears to show the incident. The resident, who did not wish to be identified, gave 7 Eyewitness News permission to share the video.

7 Eyewitness News is attempting to get more information from the police. While no details have been released about the shooting, many in the neighborhood are wondering if it connected to a fatal shooting over the weekend that took the life of a 20-year-old Medina college student: Cheyenne Farewell.

Farewell died early Saturday morning when someone opened fire through a door at a home on South Niagara Street that was hosting a Halloween party.

Five other individuals were wounded, including two Medina High School students who were released from the hospital and are now recovering at home.

The shooter is still at-large which is making friends of the victim uneasy, said Medina Central Schools Superintendent Mark Kruzynski.

Kruzynski told Reporter Ed Reilly that Cheyenne was a friend and inspiration to many as the young woman had plans to become a counselor to help people dealing with depression and other mental health issues.

Hundreds of people attending a vigil in Medina on Sunday remembering her life.

A GoFundMe account started by the Batavia Downs (Cheyenne's father worked there) went over its goal of $20,000 to help the family with funeral and other costs.

Police are asking anyone with information on either shooting to call the confidential tip line at (716) 439-6707.