A 15-year-old Buffalo girl was killed and three people were wounded – one of them seriously – in two separate shootings Saturday night, city police said.
Shaunice Gamblin was fatally shot and Davone Wedlington was wounded in a drive-by shooting at about 8 p.m. in the 600 block of La Salle Avenue, police said.
Both victims, Buffalo residents, were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Davone was treated and released.
In the second shooting, two people were struck by gunfire in the first block of Glendale Place, near the Canisius College campus, just after 11 p.m., police said. Both victims were taken to ECMC, where one of them, Ashley Kern, 17, of Cheektowaga, was listed in serious condition. The other, Marlon Clay, 20, of Buffalo, was treated and released.
Neighbors said the victims in the La Salle shooting were dating each other and were often seen walking together.
“They were just babies,” one neighbor said. “She looked like she never bothered nobody. God rest her.”
Another neighbor, who lives near where the victim lived with her mother, said Shaunice had enjoyed school and never been in trouble.
“She was a good girl. She was sweet,” said Talecia Luper. “She didn’t really do nothing bad.”
In the Glendale shooting, detectives are investigating whether a dispute or fight occurred at a large party there. Residents said that the street is generally quiet but that two renters threw a birthday party Saturday night that got out of control.
In the past, another party at that residence spilled into the street and ended in a fistfight, neighbors said.
One neighbor heard shots and looked out the window to see several people running away and a girl lying near a driveway. “Her friends were trying to get her to stand up,” the neighbor said. “They were kind of pulling on her. Then somebody picked her up and took her away.”
No Canisius students or anyone from the college community were involved in the Glendale incident, and it did not occur on Canisius property, college representatives said. The school said its public safety officers would support the Buffalo police investigation.
Canisius sent out a notification to students letting them know that the shooting occurred, reminding them to be alert and urging them to let campus security know if they saw or heard anything suspicious.
“The shooter has not been identified, however, BPD believes the victim was the intended target and that this is NOT a random shooting,” the notification read. “Please exercise extreme caution. Do not walk alone.”
Anyone with information on the shootings is asked to call or text the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847-2255.