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Suspect in Grape Street killings charged in another homicide

The suspect in the Grape Street shootings that killed a grandmother and her toddler grandson and wounded two others last summer has been indicted in another homicide, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced.

Kenyatta Austin, 26, of Buffalo was arraigned Thursday before Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case on a charge of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Prosecutors say that at about 3 p.m. March 19, 2017, Austin shot Luis Flores, 24, on East Ferry Street, near Bissell Avenue. Authorities previously reported that Flores was trying to run away from a gunman when he was shot in the chest. A third person also fired shots at Flores but didn't hit him.

Austin, also known as "Manny," was being held without bail since the summer after he was indicted by a grand jury for the double homicide on Grape Street on July 2. Yvette Johnson, who had been celebrating her 54th birthday with her family, was fatally shot, along with her 17-month-old grandson Kyrie Johnson in front of the grandmother's home on Grape Street, near the corner of Best Street in the Fruit Belt section of Buffalo.

Devery Johnson, who is Yvette Johnson's son and Kyrie's father, was also shot in the leg, as was a second man in the same attack.

Police called the quadruple shooting a "horrific, horrific crime" and implored the public to come forward with information to help them catch the killers.

The day after the Grape Street shootings, Austin was arrested on an unrelated weapons charge in Niagara Falls and was being held in Niagara County when he was indicted in connection with Yvette and Kyrie Johnsons' deaths.

Flynn commended Det. Sgt. William Cooley of the Buffalo Police Department Homicide Squad for his work in the investigation into the 2017 homicide.

Investigators believe more people were involved in the Grape Street shootings and the FBI is offering up to $25,000 being offered for information leading to the arrest of whoever was involved in the shooting. There's also a separate $4,000 reward from Crime Stoppers Buffalo,

The FBI asked anyone with information to call the bureau at 716-856-7800 or the Buffalo Police confidential TIP CALL line at 847-2255.

Crime Stoppers can be reached at 716-867-6161 or through the Crime Stoppers Mobile App which can be downloaded to a cell phone through Apple or Android stores.

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