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June is deadliest month of 2016 so far for Buffalo shootings

June was the deadliest month so far this year on Buffalo’s streets.

And the gun violence has kept pace in July, with eight shootings over the first five days of July.

June neared its end when an 11-year-old suffered a severe wound to the head.

Over the course of the month, four people were killed by gunfire.

So far in July, one person has been slain in Buffalo.

From June 1 through July 5, at least 33 shootings have occurred, according to statistics compiled by The Buffalo News from Buffalo police reports.

In those shootings, 36 people were wounded. Five were killed.

All four of the homicides in June were committed with a gun.

Dalen Smith, 28, died in a triple-shooting June 3 at Fillmore Avenue and French Street, several blocks north of Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

John Gonzalez was found shot to death in a West Side alley on the morning of June 6.

Rakeem Troutman, 25, was killed in a double-shooting on June 12 at Howard and Madison streets.

Daniel Glover, 17, was fatally shot on Wecker Street, near Bailey and East Delavan avenues, on June 19.


Police have not released the name or age of the person killed early Tuesday morning in a double-shooting at Broadway and Strauss Street.

In addition to the human toll, bullets fly in Buffalo without striking people.

There were at least 29 such cases from June 1 to July 5 where gunfire struck either a building or a vehicle, according to police reports.


The News asked a Buffalo police spokesman if the department would verify the information on shootings and other gun crimes gathered from police reports. No department official was made available for an interview.


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