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One dead, two wounded in connected West Side shootings

Two shootings Wednesday night on the city’s West Side left one man dead and two others wounded, and a source with knowledge of the incidents said the shootings are connected.

A 29-year-old Town of Tonawanda man was shot at Breckenridge and Grant streets at 9:40 p.m. Wednesday, and later died, a Buffalo police spokesman said.

Shortly before midnight, a car drove up to two men at the corner of Rhode Island Street and Normal Avenue, less than a mile away, and asked the men if they were aware of the earlier shooting, according to a police source.

The car’s occupants asked the two men if they knew the person who was shot, using the victim’s street name, the source said.

When they responded yes, the occupants of the car opened fire with about dozen bullets, according to the source.

A 25-year-old and a 24-year-old ended up shot in the leg on the 200 block of Rhode Island Street, a police spokesman said.

The two men were taken to Buffalo General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fatal shooting at Breckenridge and Grant was the seventh homicide in Buffalo in the month of August. Police have not yet released the man’s name.

Anyone who may have information about either shooting is asked to call or text the police department’s confidential tip line at 847-2255.

email: abesecker@buffnews.com

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