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2 spared in shooting spree; cars, homes hit

Two people narrowly missed being hit by gunfire, and several cars and houses were shot up over a 2 1/2 -hour span starting late Wednesday night and ending early Thursday, Buffalo police said.

When the shootings were over, four young men were arrested for possession of loaded guns, though at this point there are no indications the shootings or arrests are connected.

"We are investigating to determine if, in fact, any of these shootings were related," Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Thursday afternoon.

The shootings started at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday, when a teenager, described as 15 or 16 years old, fired several shots at a home on the first block of Comstock Avenue, according to Northeast District Police Officer Anthony Szykowiak.

The victim said five or six bullets struck her home and were intended for her cousin, who was seated on the upper porch. The shooter fled in a white vehicle with tinted windows and a sun roof.

Whoever wanted to harm the cousin did not give up easily.

At about 1:35 a.m. Thursday, Northeast District Police Officer Joseph Paskiewicz was dispatched to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of Midway and Bailey avenues. The same young man who was the target earlier informed the officer that a man fired four shots at him in a parking lot before fleeing.

Earlier, at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, in the Ferry-Fillmore District on the 100 block of Zelmer Street, a woman said someone fired at her house and the bullet passed through a bed where her son was sleeping, according to Officer Ivan Watkins.

In the same incident, a 2000 Nissan, parked outside the house, was hit by gunfire that struck the tires and knocked out the back window.

Watkins was called back to the first block of Zelmer at 1:38 a.m. Thursday in response to a complaint from another woman, who said someone shot her parked rental car, hitting the windshield and dashboard.

No arrests were made in these incidents, but Ferry-Fillmore District Officers Dennis Gilbert and Brian Griffin hit pay dirt at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday, when they responded to a call of men with guns running into a home on Marshall Street, near Genesee Street.

The officers confiscated a loaded .22-caliber rifle with a cut-off barrel, a loaded .32-caliber handgun, a loaded .410-gauge shotgun and a sawed-off shotgun, in addition to two small bags of suspected cocaine.

Michael B. Clark, 19, of the Marshall Street residence, was charged with criminal possession of loaded weapons whose serial numbers were removed and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Jerome M. Clark, 20, of the 100 block of Sweet Avenue; Willie H. Foots III, 21, of the 100 block of Grimes Street; and Anthony D. Foots, 19, of the first block of Sweet, were charged with criminal possession of loaded weapons whose serial numbers were removed.

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