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A 33-year-old man was shot early Thursday morning on Brownell Street, according to a Buffalo police spokesman. The shooting happened shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the first block of Brownell, which runs off Broadway several blocks west of Bailey Avenue. The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, the spokesman sai…

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Two drug arrests were made following three shootings across the city on Wednesday, according to Buffalo police. The first incident happened at 3:18 p.m. on Victoria Avenue, between Fillmore Avenue and Holden Street, according to a police report. A person stepped out of a red Dodge Charger and fired several shots toward the east down Victoria before leaving the scene in …

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A man was seriously wounded after he was shot Monday morning on Florida Street, according to a Buffalo Police Department spokesman. The shooting happened just after 11 a.m., the spokesman said in an email. The shooting occurred on Florida Street between Hager Street to Elton Place, east of Jefferson Avenue. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to Erie Cou…

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The 31-year-old woman killed in a shooting near the Buffalo-Cheektowaga border over the weekend has been identified as Jasmine Harrison of Buffalo, police said Monday. Harrison was shot just before 11 p.m. Saturday on Eller Avenue. She died early Sunday, a police spokesman previously said. Police ask anyone with information about the shooting to call or text the depa…

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Buffalo's seen 20 homicides so far this year. The victims include 19 individuals killed in 2019 and a 2018 death that was ruled a homicide in early May. Among the dead are a 12-year-old, a 16-year-old and two 17-year-olds. Through this point last year, the city saw 31 people killed. Homicides – by definition – are the killing of one person by another person. Un…

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A 46-year-old man was in fair condition Saturday after he was shot Friday night on Buffalo's West Side, according to police. The victim was shot at about 9:10 p.m. in the vicinity of Niagara Street and Auburn Avenue, a police spokesman said in an email. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police did not release any further details about the inciden…

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A Buffalo man who admitted killing a 17-year-old last June has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office. State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns on Thursday sentenced Eric Smith, 41, for the fatal shooting of Leo Thagard III on June 17 on Lombard Street, prosecutors said. Smith pleaded guilty in January to…

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A candlelight vigil to remember Darryal A. Aughtry will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday outside 235 Wyoming Ave., family members said. Aughtry, 30, was shot Feb. 8 on Wyoming Avenue and died later that day, becoming the city's second homicide victim of the year, Buffalo police have said. The family will release balloons as part of the vigil. Attendees are encouraged to brin…

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No one was injured Wednesday night in a drive-by shooting near the city line, Cheektowaga police said Friday. The gunfire was reported on Olcott Place, off Genesee Street, just after 8 p.m., police said in a news release. Witnesses told police they heard four to six shots and a vehicle speeding away down Olcott, towards Herbert Avenue. The vehicle was described as mi…

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Last year was more deadly on the streets of Buffalo than any year since 2014. Fifty-seven people were killed, their deaths classified as criminal homicides by Buffalo police. Of those: Forty-five were killed by a person who used a gun. Forty-eight were African American or Latino. Thirteen were women, one of whom was transgender. The median age was 28. …

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The first person to wish Arnester Vanoy a happy birthday every year usually was her daughter. When the calendar hit Oct. 28, Tonya Harvey would sing "Happy Birthday" to her mother from the other end of the phone line. Whether live or on voicemail, Vanoy always listened to the entire rendition. On her 54th birthday a little more than a week ago, for the first time in …

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A Buffalo man is in serious condition following a shooting Sunday night, according to Buffalo police. A 20-year-old man was struck by gunfire just before 8:20 p.m. in the 400 block of Hewitt Avenue. He was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he is listed in serious condition. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police's confid…