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Niagara Falls mayor responds to violent 24 hours in the Cataract City

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Posted at 3:57 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 15:57:44-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — It was a violent 24 hours in the City of Niagara Falls.

Police are investigating two fatal shootings.

The first happened around 1:30 AM Tuesday at the corner of Pierce Avenue and 17th Street.

The second happened around 5:30 PM at the corner of Ferry Avenue and 12th Street.

“It’s very scary because it’s so close to home,” said 21-year-old Briley Delong, of Niagara Falls.

A 29-year-old was shot and killed on Ferry Street, just feet away from Delong’s boyfriend’s apartment.

“There’s kids around here. There’s elderly people around here.”

Police said some 16 hours earlier, two men were shot about five minutes from Ferry, on Pierce Avenue. One victim died from his injuries. He was only 22-years-old.

Niagara Falls Mayor Robert Restaino said Tuesday’s gun violence is disturbing. However, it has otherwise been relatively peaceful in the city this summer. He said investigators are working to make sure Tuesday doesn’t become a trend.

“They’re being a bit more vigilant through the course of their investigation. They’re trying to root out these difficulties before they happen,” he said.

Investigators don’t believe the shootings are related.

So far, they haven’t made an arrest in either case.