Pastor weighs causes of recent city violence

Dec 24, 2014

Two men who were shot Tuesday evening are the latest victims in a recent burst of street violence in the City of Buffalo.

The victims were shot in the leg at Genesee and Leslie streets around 5 p.m. Tuesday on Genesee Street on Buffalo's East Side. Their injuries are not life-threatening.

Pastor James Giles says only the public can bring the spate of killings in Buffalo to an end.
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Police not saying much about what happened. The department is dealing with a violent stretch of nine shootings which have left six dead on both the East and West sides. Police say some may be related to others.

Pastor James Giles says some of the killings have been mistakes, with the wrong person was killed. The president of Back to Basics Outreach Ministry and a longtime anti-violence activist says it's often a matter of wrong time, wrong place.

"Those individuals were not part of the gang. They may have been shot by a gang member or someone associated with a gang, but the victims had nothing to do with gangs, the last three homicides we've had in the City of Buffalo. That's the real tragedy of what's going on with this mass shooting we are having," said Giles.

Giles says there is tension between groups and gangs made worse by social media. He says when members of one group see someone from another, the guns come out and the death toll rises.

The prominent pastor says the only thing that can break the cycle of violence is for those who know something to come forward and pass along what they know to police or an intermediary.