Weekend shootings continue spike in Buffalo violence

Jun 29, 2020

A string of shootings over the weekend are the latest incidences of an increase in gun violence across the city in recent weeks.

In the past week, 17 people were shot and wounded. The most recent fatality was early Sunday morning when a 21-year-old Buffalo woman was shot and killed around 12:45 a.m. during a block party on Koons Avenue. 

Four people were struck by gunfire in three separate incidents late Saturday night and into Sunday morning, according to the Buffalo Police Department. 

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, on Monday, said he is "deeply concerned" about the recent spike in violence.

"I am very concerned about it, the Buffalo Police Department is very concerned about it, and our officers are out working hard to do their part to find the idnividuals that are responsible for shooting in the City of Buffalo," said Brown in a news conference.

Brown said violent crime in the city is down 5%, but shootings are up 55%. He did not give a timeframe for those numbers.

While the coronavirus pandemic led to a decrease in violence throughout the spring, recent warmer weather and the resumption of social gatherings have led to an uptick in violence.

"Summertime, everybody comes out,” said Bishop Frederick A. Gelsey Sr. with the Homicide Education Prevention Project. “So we think that things have changed because people were [in] quarantine, people [were] in the house and everything was closed. But the mindset did not change. The mindset is still the same.”

This weekend’s violence has brought June’s total to at least 37 shooting victims, seven of whom died. 

WBFO's Ryan Zunner contributed to this article.