Suspect in North Tonawanda murder being sought

Posted at 11:51 AM, Jan 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 06:43:47-05

The ongoing search for a suspect connected to a double shooting in North Tonawanda that claimed the life of one man forced the lockout of two schools in the Town of Tonawanda Monday.

A lockout was issued at the Charter School for Applied Technologies elementary and high schools after police closed the intersection of Vulcan Street and Kenmore Avenue while searching for Dominick Cruz.

He's wanted for questioning in the deadly shooting in a parking lot on Manhattan Street and Tremont in North Tonawanda. Cruz works at Speed Global Services and when detectives came to talk to him, they say he fled, prompting the lockout at the schools.

Cruz is from Buffalo and is believed to be driving a 2011 white Chevy Impala with a black roof and black gas cap and a license plate of: FTZ 4311. He is described as Hispanic, 5'3" tall and 140 pounds with short black hair.

After two hours of searching, police cleared the scene. The school buildings were re-opened and officials dismissed students at the normal time.

The North Tonawanda shooting happened overnight Saturday. Police say Mark Sternin, 25, of Tonawanda and Tyler Sadauskas, 24, of Middeport were out with a third person and while returning to their car got into a fight with three men they did not know.

During the fight, Sternin was shot and killed and Sadauskas was injured. The third person called 911 and administered first aid. Sadauskas remains in critical condition at ECMC.

Anyone with information should call detectives at 716-692-4312 or 911.



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