Buffalo police are investigating the possibility that three separate shootings Saturday – one in which a teenage girl was killed and another in which a teenage girl was seriously wounded – may be connected.
Both teenagers were described as innocent victims.
Police originally investigated two of the Saturday shootings as possibly connected, and now they’re also looking at whether a third shooting from late Saturday afternoon on Langmeyer Avenue is related.
Shaunice Gamblin, 15, was killed at 8 p.m. Saturday in the 600 block of La Salle Avenue in a drive-by shooting. Her companion, Davone Wedlington, 16, was wounded. He was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.
Police say there are indications that the gunfire was unintended for Shaunice and that she was an innocent victim. Shaunice was the granddaughter of retired Buffalo Police Detective Johnnie S. Jordan.
Just after 11 p.m. Saturday, Ashley Kern, 17, of Cheektowaga, was wounded by gunfire in the first block of Glendale Place, not far from the Canisius College campus. She was listed in serious condition Monday at ECMC. Marlon Clay, 20, of Buffalo, who was wounded in the same attack, was listed in fair condition at ECMC.
Relatives of Ashley contacted The Buffalo News on Monday to say she was an innocent victim who had gone to what she thought was a party thrown by college students. Ashley learned of the party from social media and went to the Glendale residence with her twin sister and another girlfriend, according to an uncle, James A. Lema, a retired Buffalo homicide detective.
In the third shooting, at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday in the first block of Langmeyer, Kevin Skinner, 23, suffered a non-life-threatening wound to the left leg. It is believed that he was treated at a hospital and released.
At a Monday news conference, Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said the shootings on La Salle and Glendale were not random.
“We believe the shootings were targeted events, and those two incidents may both be related,” Derenda said. “We are making some progress, and we’re asking people to come forward. We believe there are witnesses.”
The shooting on Langmeyer may also have a connection to the later shootings, but it is early in the investigation, police said.
Residents on Glendale told The Buffalo News that the street is generally quiet but that two renters threw a birthday party Saturday night that got out of control, adding that a previous party at that residence spilled into the street and ended in a fistfight.
Derenda asked that anyone with information on any of the shootings call or text the police confidential tip line at 847-2255.