Three shootings including one fatal -- occurred within five hours overnight Tuesday within about two miles of each other on Buffalo's East Side. All of the victims were seated in vehicles.
Homicide investigators are pursuing evidence that may connect the gunfire.
Authorities are not ruling out that the first shooting may have led to the other two. "We're looking to see if there are any links other than the fact that each of the victims were in vehicles when they were shot," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.
The first shooting occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 100 block of Maple Street in the Fruit Belt, when Shaquata Hennings, 25, was grazed by a bullet as she sat in a vehicle.
Two men approached and fired three or four shots into the car and then fled on foot. Hennings was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for a bullet wound to her left chest. She was later released.
The next shooting was at about 11 p.m. at a site farther east, about two miles away, police said. Rodtel J. Jackson, 18, was a passenger in an eastbound vehicle on East Ferry Street near Wende Street when the shooter stepped into the middle of the East Ferry and fired about six bullets at the car, then ran away, police said.
Jackson suffered a wound to the thigh and was in stable condition in ECMC.
The fatal shooting occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday on Bardol Street, approximately a mile west of the second shooting, claiming the life of Brad J. Daniels, 31, who was behind the wheel of a car.
Police would not say if the shooter or shooters were on foot or in a vehicle, but they said Daniels managed to drive from the scene before hitting a tree on Kehr Street, roughly a block away.
Daniels died a short time later in ECMC, police said. A female passenger in his vehicle suffered injuries in the crash. She remains hospitalized at the center in critical condition but is expected to live.
Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the department's "Report a Tip" function on its website at www.bpdny.org.
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