A confrontation Wednesday afternoon among the occupants of two vehicles ended on Titus Avenue with a barrage of gunfire that left two young men injured.
Damian Renfro, 17, of Walden Avenue, who was shot in the shoulder, collapsed on the front porch of his brother's home at 207 Titus. He was in critical condition after undergoing surgery in Erie County Medical Center.
Kenneth Kyle, 21, of Reed Street, is being treated in the medical center for what police described as a non-life-threatening bullet wound to the back. He fled to a house in the 100 block of Titus after he was wounded.
Capt. Joseph Riga, Homicide Bureau chief, said both of the wounded had been passengers in a van. The driver of the van was not injured.
A short time earlier, there was confrontation between the occupants of the van and a sport-utility vehicle, Riga said. The van was traveling on Titus at about 3:30 p.m. when the other vehicle appeared at the Sycamore Street end and blocked its path. A gun was seen inside the sport-utility vehicle, he said.
Gunfire erupted from the sport-utility vehicle as the van backed down Titus, Riga said. The van, which sustained several bullet holes, hit a parked car in front of 207 Titus.
At least four men were in the sport-utility vehicle, Riga said; some of them got out and continued firing. The weapons were a shotgun and a semi-automatic handgun, he said.
Renfro was wounded after getting out of the van, and Kyle was hit while he was inside, the captain said.
At least one shot went through the front window of the house at 207 Titus. Riga said Jay Renfro, 21, returned fire by shooting through the front door. Police seized two rifles from the house and charged him with reckless endangerment and criminal weapons possession.
Police suspect the incident was drug-
related. Riga said Renfro's Titus Avenue house is "very well fortified," with heavy lumber placed in steel brackets on the doors.
On a street where neighbors say gunfire is commonplace, Wednesday's incident still attracted attention.
"We were in the house playing Yahtzee and we heard 'Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,' " said a Titus Avenue resident who identified herself only as Debbie. "I told the kids to hit the floor."
"We looked out of the window, and I saw somebody running with a gun," Debbie said.
The outside of her house was "scuffed" by buckshot, and three empty shotgun shells were found nearby in the street.