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Man shot, flips his minivan on Wick Street

More than a dozen shots rang out Tuesday afternoon on Wick Street on the city’s East Side, scaring neighbors who believe it may have been a drug-related ambush.

Witnesses reported hearing 10 to 15 shots fired at about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Buffalo Police said a man was shot while he was driving a minivan. The minivan then rolled over at the corner of Wick and Brier streets.

The man was listed in critical condition Tuesday evening at Erie County Medical Center, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

A “young child” who also was in the vehicle suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The child was transported to Women & Children’s Hospital.

A Wick Street resident who only identified herself as Dawn said she heard the shots around 2:30 p.m., looked out the window and then quickly ducked inside her house for cover. She said it appeared to her that someone was shooting at the van.

“I’m not sure if the van was shot at, but he was shot in the stomach,” said another woman at the scene. She said the victim was her daughter’s fiancé.

She added that the victim had been driving his stepson and her 5-year-old grandson to her nearby house. When she spoke to a Buffalo News reporter at the scene shortly after the crash, she did not know whether her grandson was in the minivan when the shooting and crash occurred.

Police said there was only one child in the van.

Area residents believe the incident was an ambush, with shots fired from an empty lot on Wick. The van was headed northbound on Wick and flipped over on the south side of the intersection at Brier Street.

More shots were fired a few houses down the street after the van flipped, said another witness at the scene.

Is this unusual on this street? Not at all, said Dawn. “This is one of the worst streets in Buffalo,” she said.

By the time she ran down to the corner, she said, someone had already taken the injured man away from the scene.

It was unclear who had taken care of the 5-year-old.

News Photojournalist John Hickey contributed to this report. email: nfischer@buffnews.com