Monday, August 16, 2010

Buffalo News-Cops Arrest Wrong Man in Buffalo NY Shooting Spree

City Grill, site of recent wedding party shooting spree in Buffalo, NY: Harry Scrull Jr/Buffalo News
(Story reported by Dan Herbeck and Stephen T. Watson for the Buffalo News)

Updated: August 16, 2010, 3:15 PM

A dispute between members of two city street gangs may have led to the shootings that killed four people at a downtown restaurant over the weekend, reliable sources told The Buffalo News today.

And according to a prominent East Side pastor, police have been searching the city for one suspect -- a young man reportedly affiliated with a gang -- for more than 24 hours.

"I know the police have been searching for this young man, and I am trying through intermediaries to get him to turn himself in," said the Rev. Darius G. Pridgen, pastor of True Bethel Baptist Church. "I want to help this young man to turn himself in to the police, and I'm willing to help him in any way I can.

"I want him to turn himself in, because I know there are other people searching for him who are very, very upset about these shootings, and he could be in serious danger."

Pridgen declined to identify the young man by name. He said he has heard that the man is affiliated with a city street gang, but the pastor declined to name the gang.

Two law enforcement officials also told The Buffalo News today that police are searching intently for one man in connection with the Saturday morning spree outside the City Grill, a restaurant on downtown Main Street.

Although Buffalo Police Department spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge declined to comment on the gang issue, two law enforcement officials and a community leader -- both with close ties to the City Grill murder probe -- told The News the shootings occurred after a dispute between members of two gang arose in the restaurant.

(click here to read the full story on the Buffalo News website)

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