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POLICE ARREST 4 SUSPECTS IN SERIES OF GUNSHOTS IN BUFFALO

Buffalo police investigated several cases of firearms being discharged during the weekend and made four arrests.

A Herkimer Street woman told police that a man fired several shots at her 1988 Caprice at 5 a.m. Sunday and at two other people near Niagara and Tonawanda streets. Northwest District officers, assisted by an officer from Buffalo State College, stopped a man and found a stolen 9 mm pistol, according to authorities.

Uriel Rivera, 21, of West Avenue violently resisted arrest and had to be subdued and handcuffed, police said. He was charged with menacing, resisting arrest and three felonies -- reckless endangerment and possession of stolen property and a weapon.

The SWAT team was called shortly before midnight Saturday to Laurel Street, where resident Avery Whitfield, 25, was accused of displaying a rifle and discharging it in his home while keeping an 18-year-old Walden Avenue woman and her daughter there against their will.

The woman told Central District officers that Whitfield got drunk late Saturday night and became abusive toward her. She fled after the rifle was fired, she said, and 15 minutes later heard four more shots while standing across the street.

When members of the SWAT team arrived, police said, they found Whitfield asleep and recovered a loaded rifle with one spent casing. He was charged with menacing, endangering the welfare of a child, felony unlawful imprisonment and felony reckless endangerment.

Two men were arrested after a house in the 800 block of Sycamore was struck by one of three shots fired at 11:20 p.m. Saturday.

Ricky Hopson, 35, of Decker Street had in his possession a loaded .38-caliber Colt revolver, police said. He and another man arrested at the scene, Samir Abdellatif, 34, of Ransom Road on Grand Island, were charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Hopson was also charged with conspiracy and reckless endangerment.

Northeast District officers were called to the 500 block of Minnesota Avenue on Saturday afternoon after a resident reported that someone had fired a shot into his storm door, causing damage to the door and inside the stairway wall.

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