Man charged with two counts of murder in Grape Street double homicide

Posted at 10:01 AM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 17:24:32-04

A Buffalo man is facing two counts of first degree murder after police arrested him in connection with the shooting death of a toddler and grandmother on Grape Street in Buffalo.  25-year-old Kenyatta Austin, also known as Manny, was arraigned in State Supreme Court Wednesday morning in what prosecutors call a pre-meditated shooting.

Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, and Buffalo Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood are expected to speak about Austin's arrest later this morning.  Police say he was in custody in Niagara Falls on a gun charge and was connected to this crime.

Police say Austin shot and killed Yvette Johnson, 54, and her 17-month-old grandson Kyrie on the porch of their Grape Street home on July 2. Two other men were shot in the leg, during the shooting that unfolded during a family gathering.

On July 26, there was a second shooting at that same home. Two men were hospitalized. Police called it targeted, gang-related, and connected to the initial shooting.

At the time, they also announced they had a person of interest in the July 2 shooting in custody on unrelated charges.  Austin is being held without bail.

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