14-year-old apparent target of shooting that wounded toddler

May 13, 2014

Buffalo Homicide detectives continue to investigate the shootings of two young victims. A three-year-old boy and 14-year-old boy were both shot Monday evening in Buffalo's Kensington-Bailey neighborhood.

The shootings occurred in the first block of Fennimore Avenue near Sulfolk around 8:30 p.m. Monday. Buffalo Police say both children are in critical, but stable condition at Buffalo's Women and Children's Hospital.

"We believe the 14-year-old may have been the intended target," said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. "The 3 year old was struck possibly by a stray shot and appeared to be an innocent bystander."

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda meets with reporters in Niagara Square Tuesday to discuss shooting.
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Commissioner Derenda met with reporters Tuesday afternoon in Niagara Square to offer an update.

Both children are expected to survive, but Derenda would not what areas of the bodies the children were struck by the bullets.  They're names are not being released at this time. Police said they are not related.

Commissioner Derenda added that homicide detectives continue to "follow leads and have questioned individuals in connection with the incident." "It's unacceptable and we will move quickly to make an arrest," said Derenda

There was some reports of possible gang activity, but the police commissioner could not comment.

"It's still under investigation and there's not a lot I can say," said Derenda.

Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda in Buffalo Police vehicle in front of City Hall following news briefing.
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Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255.

"I'm asking the public -- anybody with any information -- to please come forward,  "We need all the help we can get on this one, but we are making some progress," said Commissioner Dereneda.