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At least 16 shot in city, 1 fatally, since Jan. 1

Bullets have been flying on Buffalo streets, with at least 16 people shot during the first three weeks of the year, mostly on the city's East Side.

One of those shootings turned deadly. Adrian L. Huggins Jr., 25, died early Thursday in Erie County Medical Center, 11 days after a lone gunman fired repeatedly into a vehicle on Wohlers Avenue.

The most recent shooting, Saturday, left Kente Bell, 18, in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center. Bell was shot in a yard on Texas Street, off East Delavan Avenue.

Buffalo police point out that the shooting total includes five that occurred early New Year's Day.

There also are no comparisons available to show how this spate of shootings stacks up to the same period in previous years.

"Police are definitely aware of the incidents and continue to investigate," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge stated in an email.

Investigators believe some of the shootings might be connected, DeGeorge said.

Five people were shot between midnight and 4 a.m. Jan. 1. The victims included two men hit in the ankles when someone fired a gun into the pavement downtown near the city's First Night celebration.

At least 11 others have been shot since Jan. 1, according to Buffalo Police reports and recent Buffalo News stories.

Two of the 16 appear to be robbery victims. At Lasalle Avenue and Orleans Street last Wednesday afternoon, a 20-year-old man walking out of a store saw a black Jeep Cherokee with two men in it. The passenger, who was hanging out of the vehicle, fired seven shots at the man, striking him once in the lower left leg, Northeast District police said.

Of the reports that include ages, six of the seven victims were between 18 and 26.

Eleven of the shootings occurred on the East Side, three downtown, one on the West Side and one in Riverside.