Updated 05/23/2012 08:51 PM
Shooting victims identified
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Police have identified the victims in Tuesday's deadly shooting on 18th Street on the city's West Side.
Police say 24-year old Vernon Hardy Junior died at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds. Seventeen-year old Eullanda Reed was shot in the arm, and taken to ECMC.
So far, no arrests have been made.
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"Shocked, sad, disturbed, not afraid but disturbed."
That's the reaction from neighbors after two people were hit by gunfire on 18th Street in Buffalo Tuesday.
Based on their preliminary investigation, police are describing the incident as a drive-by shooting.
"Someone fired from what we believe to be a blue minivan and fled the scene," said Dennis Richards, chief of detectives for the Buffalo Police Department.
Police say a man in his mid twenties was pronounced dead at the scene. They say a woman around the same age was shot in the arm, and taken to the hospital. Her injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
Police say there were plenty of people out during the shooting, and they're looking to the public to come forward and help the investigation.
Chief Richards said,"Somehow that information has to get to our investigators so we're able to solve these crimes."
This is the second fatal shooting in this neighborhood in less than a week, and while Chief Richards says the city's homicide rate is about the same as this time last year, he says May has been an especially high month.
"These aren't just cold, hard statistics, these are people who's lives are affected and whose loved ones are left behind so this isn't just talking about numbers," said Richards.
"It is crazy, it's just too much. I don't know what the solution is, I'm thinking it's the economy because most of the times you hear it's someone under 25," said Augustine Gilchrist, a Buffalo resident who lives near the scene of the shooting.
Police ask anyone with information on the shooting to contact their confidential TIPCALL line at 716-847-2255.