A Wex Avenue man whose brother was murdered in Georgia earlier this year was identified as the city's 48th homicide victim -- shot Monday evening near a Walden Avenue ice cream stand, police said.
Corey D. Green, 21, was riding his bicycle at about 7:45 p.m. on Walden near Academy Road when another man drove up in a four-door white Ford Taurus. He got out of the car, apparently with another man, and the two approached Green, police said.
The men had a brief exchange before several gunshots rang out. Police confirmed late Tuesday that there were two shooters. Green, who was struck by the gunfire, tried to escape but collapsed in front of 20 Academy Road where he was pronounced dead, police said.
"From the limited information we have thus far with the way the events unfolded, it would seem to indicate Mr. Green was the intended target," said Dennis J. Richards, detective chief.
Green's parents are employees of Wende Correctional Facility in Alden, authorities said. Family members declined to talk when reached Tuesday evening.
Police were puzzled by the slaying Tuesday. They had no motive. There was no evidence of drugs at the scene. Green had no criminal record.
Authorities also said they have no evidence linking Green's slaying to the shooting death of his 31-year-old brother, Steven Barney, in the parking lot of an Atlanta-area Waffle House restaurant Jan. 9. Barney had recently moved to Georgia from Buffalo.
Buffalo police are still waiting to talk to law enforcement authorities in Georgia, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.
Homicide detectives are pleading with the public to come forward with any information that might help solve the case.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Buffalo homicide investigators at 851-4466 or use the anonymous tip line at 847-2255.