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Seven wounded in six-hour outbreak of gun violence in city

Seven people were wounded by gunfire in three separate incidents, including a shootout between two opposing gang members, over a six-hour period Tuesday.

Police said the common thread in all of the shootings was a lack of cooperation from the victims. So far, there have been no arrests, though investigations are continuing.

The first shooting occurred at 12:24 p.m. at Ernst and East Woodlawn avenues when three men suffered minor gunshot wounds. Two of the men were taken to Erie County Medical Center in private vehicles and the third was transported by ambulance.

At about 4:45 p.m., a 17-year-old suspected gang member walked into the ECMC emergency room with a bullet wound to his right arm. Approximately seven minutes later, Jaquan Williams, 20, entered the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his left arm. Neither victim cooperated with police, but Ferry-Fillmore District officers determined the shooting occurred on Adams and Sycamore streets, where an Adams Street resident showed police three bullet holes in the siding on his house. Numerous shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Even with the lack of cooperation, Homicide Capt. Joseph A. Gramaglia said police solved a robbery from late last month that involved Williams. He was arrested at the hospital on a pending robbery charge for allegedly stealing a gun from another individual Oct. 28 on Oneida Street.

The final shooting, at 6:24 p.m. on the 100 block of Theodore Street, left one man in critical condition and another with a minor wound. Both were transported by ambulance to ECMC.

In explaining the rash of shootings, Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said spikes occur from time to time and that it is believed gangs are involved in some of the shootings.

“We’re working hard to address the issues with our federal, state and local law enforcement partners,” Derenda said. “The issues are gangs, drugs and territory.”

In total, there have been 17 shooting incidents this month, which, police say, is about average. In October, there were 15 incidents involving gunfire, while in September there were 19 and in August, 21.

There has been one homicide in November, compared to five last month and 13 in September.

Meanwhile, the condition of a 20-year-old man who had been wounded Monday in a Hampshire Street shooting improved from critical to stable Wednesday.