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Two men wounded in drive-by shootings

One man was partially paralyzed and another needed surgery following two drive-by shootings early Wednesday morning.

Although the attacks occurred within minutes of each other, they apparently were unrelated, according to Buffalo police.

The first occurred at 1:15 a.m. at Suffolk Street and LaSalle Avenue when Mister Sommerville, 29, of North Tonawanda, was shot in the upper left chest by one of three men in a fleeing red vehicle, according to Northeast District police.

Sommerville was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center and underwent surgery, but his condition has not yet been released, hospital officials said.

At 1:20 a.m. on the 800 block of Walden Avenue near the intersection of Poplar Avenue, in the second shooting, this time involving a red or maroon Pontiac, Andre R. Stinson, 27, of Buffalo, was struck once in the back, causing paralysis from the waist down, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

Stinson was listed in serious condition in ECMC. Police said an unknown passenger in the vehicle, which pulled up beside Stinson, fired two shots, one of which struck him.

"At this time, the two shootings do not appear to be connected," police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

But the report of the shootings later resulted in a drug arrest. At 3 a.m., Northeast District officers pulled over a red Pontiac on the 200 block of Kensington Avenue that was similar to eyewitness descriptions of the vehicle used in the shootings.

When police approached the vehicle, which had crossed a double yellow line, the driver fled but soon crashed at the intersection of Kensington and Main Street, where he took off on foot.

He was then apprehended at nearby Sisters Hospital, police said. Justin Boykin, 20, of Buffalo, was charged with criminal possession of 28 bags of crack cocaine that he had allegedly thrown from the vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Regarding the shootings, police asked that anyone with information call the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255. They can also text a tip at that number or submit information at http://bpdny.org/Home/Services/Report, the Police Department's Web site.

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