A month and a half into 2018, Buffalo's up to three confirmed homicides.
Buffalo police said Thursday that two recent deaths have been ruled homicides.
The city's first confirmed homicide of the year came 37 days into the year, when a 35-year-old transgender woman was fatally shot on Shepard Street on Feb. 6.
The fatal shooting on Shepard may not have actually been the first homicide of the year. Police continue to investigate the cause of death of a woman found Jan. 11 after a suspicious fire on Manhattan Avenue. Elisabeth Bell, 28, was found dead in the burning house, but police have not determined what caused her death.
Investigators found suspected flammable accelerants at the scene and police said a "person of interest" was running from the scene while on fire. He remains in the burn unit at Erie County Medical Center.
To illustrate the ebb and flow of homicides in Buffalo, there were eight homicides in January of last year. That made it the deadliest January in at least the previous decade.
The majority of killings in Buffalo last year remain unsolved.
Other related links:
Special Report: Buffalo's Danger Zone (June 9, 2017)
Interactive map: Where shots were fired in Buffalo (June 9, 2017)