Authorities identified the man shot at least twice Wednesday morning in Amherst as a former Buffalo resident who has done time in state prison.
Tyrone Pennick, 32, was undergoing surgery late Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center, and detectives still had not had a chance to speak with him about the gunman who came up behind him outside a Delta Road apartment building and opened fire, Amherst Police Capt. Stephen McGonagle said.
The attacker was described as about 19, 5-feet-8, black and dressed in black pants, a white shirt and a dark bulky jacket.
After the shooting at 8:48 a.m., the shooter hurried west to the nearby T.J. Maxx Plaza parking lot and may have escaped in a black four-door SUV or pickup-type vehicle with chrome trim. The plaza is off Niagara Falls Boulevard and Sheridan Drive.
Pennick, who currently has no established address, has served time in state prison for attempted robbery and bail-jumping convictions. He was paroled in May 2006, according to state crime records.
Pennick, who was apparently walking to his car when he was shot, may have been visiting an acquaintance at the two-story brick apartment building, one of many on the 400 block of Delta Road, police said.
Wednesday's attack is not the first time Pennick has been physically harmed.
On Nov. 17, 2000, he and a companion were slashed in the face and head at a former Elm Street nightspot. Pennick got the worst of it. His companion was treated in ECMC and released, but Pennick underwent surgery for slashes to his forehead and the back of his neck.
In the Wednesday attack, witnesses said they heard shotgun blasts. Police have not recovered a weapon and are not speculating on what type of gun was used.