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MAN BUMPS ANOTHER, IS SHOT DEAD ON STREET
'INNOCENT VICTIM' WAS 22, POLICE SAY

A 22-year-old Buffalo man, described as an "innocent victim," was shot to death by an unknown man he accidentally bumped into just before midnight Tuesday on Hempstead Avenue, police said.

Richard Bundy, of Phyllis Avenue, who was shot in the head, was pronounced dead this morning in the Erie County Medical Center.

The shooting occurred at about 11:55 p.m. just west of Bailey Avenue -- about two blocks away from the Northeast District police station at 2767 Bailey.

"This is an innocent victim," said Detective Sgt. Philip Torre of the Major Crimes Unit.

"These young kids are just carrying around guns and they can't wait to use them . . . This is a coward with a gun."

Detectives said Bundy and a friend were walking from a nearby store when the altercation occurred with a man whom they did not know.

"They bumped into each other, some words were said, like 'Watch where you're going,' and he pulled out a gun and shot him," said Torre. "They just bumped into each other and someone gets killed."

The gunman, described by police as black, about 6 feet tall, and in his late 20s, ran north on Bailey.

Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital. Northeast District police and detectives from the Major Crimes Unit arrived at the scene and scoured the area for the killer to no avail.

Detectives interviewed the man's friend this morning in Police Headquarters and said he is cooperating.

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