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April in Buffalo: 3 people died in 23 shootings

More people were shot in Buffalo in April than in any month so far this year.

Fatal shootings took the lives of three people.

Ian S. Lightfoot, 38, who worked as an auto broker and loved restoring cars, was found shot to death in the backyard in Riverside on April 20.

Also killed in April were Faja Perry, 28, the mother of five young children. She died in a double shooting April 2 on Chester Street.

Johaan Yarborough, 25, was fatally shot April 16 on Thatcher Avenue.

No arrests have been made in the homicides, and all remain under investigation.

Twenty-three people were shot in 20 incidents in the city in April, according to statistics compiled by The Buffalo News from Buffalo Police reports.

While most of the shootings where people were injured happened on the city’s East Side, gunfire extended into North Buffalo, Riverside and the West Side.

Five people were shot in four shootings April 30. There were three double shootings over the course of the month.

Detectives charged individuals in two other shootings – an April 4 shooting at a gas station at Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street and an April 16 shooting on Leroy Avenue.

In addition to the shootings, there were at least 28 incidents where gunfire was reported but no person was struck.

Also, there were at least 31 incidents where guns were displayed during the commission of a crime, or guns were recovered during an arrest or other incident.

This April was deadlier and had more shootings than last April. One person was fatally shot and there were 17 total shootings in April 2015, according to statistics provided by Buffalo Police.

So far in 2016, 76 people have been shot in 68 shooting incidents. Sixty-six people survived, while gunfire killed 10 people.

The dozen total homicides in Buffalo through April were the most since 2011, when there were also 12. In the last decade, the most homicides in the first third of the year came when there were 16 in 2010, according to police department statistics.

There have been at least 73 shootings so far this year in Buffalo where no injury was reported. There also have been at least 154 incidents where guns were recovered during an arrest, displayed during a crime, reported stolen or otherwise recovered, according to police reports.

Map: 2015 homicides


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