Four people were wounded, one critically, in an apparent drive-by shooting early Saturday at a Jefferson Avenue bar and lounge, Buffalo police reported.
“It was like 3:45, and we heard like a machine gun – at least 10 shots,” one neighbor said at mid-morning Saturday. “It woke us up. We said, ‘We’re not going out there. We don’t know which way they’re shooting.’ ”
The shooting occurred at New Foster’s Lounge, 694 Jefferson Ave., at the corner of Davis Street, about halfway between Genesee and Sycamore streets.
“Apparently, from what I’m getting, people drove by and started shooting,” a relative of one of the victims said outside the bar. Both the relative and neighbor asked not to be identified.
Buffalo homicide detectives say they believe all four victims were inside the lounge when shots rang out.
The most seriously wounded person, Kiara Spearman, 24, of Buffalo, was shot in the right lower abdomen. She was listed in critical condition late Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo police said.
The other two women shot, according to police reports, were Diamond Barker, 31, of Buffalo, who was shot in the chest and listed in fair condition late Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, and Natasha Camp, 33, of Cheektowaga, who was shot in the leg and listed in stable condition in Buffalo General Medical Center.
The fourth person, Dwyanell Marshall, 34, was grazed by the gunfire and treated at the scene, police said. Unconfirmed reports from Facebook suggested that he may have been a security officer working inside the lounge.
Central District Police said they are looking for an unknown shooter, who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. The shots also caused damage to the front door of the bar, according to police.
Two people interviewed briefly outside the tavern at midmorning Saturday gave vastly different versions of the usual scene at that bar.
Jozmin Cooper, 27, called the lounge “a nice place,” with karaoke and other attractions.
“People don’t come here for trouble,” he said. “I don’t know what happened last night.”
But the neighbor who was questioned briefly had a totally different take.
“They fight every weekend,” this neighbor said. “It’s crazy. Outside it’s really rowdy. They party more outside than inside. They walk around with bottles of liquor, and they break bottles out here.”
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255 or email the department at www.bpdny.org.