Relative says shooting was a hit job; police believe robbery was motive
Where is the US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION?
Isn't this a civil rights violation when a witness in a criminal case is murdered?
Isn't it their responsibility to investigate and prove it is NOT THE CASE before they disengage?
What about this scenario makes this "just another ghetto shooting" rather than a CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION worthy of national concern?
Police and neighbors continue to search for answers following this morning's shooting in the Broadway-Bailey area, which left two dead and three wounded.
A relative of one of the victims said he believes the shootings were part of a hit job targeting a woman who testified Tuesday as part of a grand jury deliberation. At a late afternoon news conference, Daniel Derenda, deputy commissioner for the Buffalo police, said police believe the motive was "an attempted robbery that went bad."
Two people were killed and three were seriously wounded in the shooting, which took place at about 2 a.m. outside of 72 Hirschbeck St., near Pullman Place, police said. The dead are Joseph Lovett, 25, and Jamie Norton, 19, both of Derby. The deaths were the 33rd and 34th homicides this year in Buffalo.
The three other people, including two women and a man, were shot while possibly sitting in a vehicle outside of that address, police said. Those three victims were identified as: Lawanda Strozier, 27, of Hirschbeck Street, listed in serious condition at Erie County Medical Center; Kimberly Caldwell, 20, of Derby, listed in fair condition at ECMC; and Joseph Cole, 29, of Buffalo, who was treated and released.
The motive for the shooting remains under investigation, but John Bisci said he believes his nephew Joseph died in a revenge killing that targeted a different victim.
"This wasn't a late-night drug deal gone bad," said Bisci, a Buffalo native who now lives in Las Vegas. "This wasn't a crime of opportunity. This was a revenge killing."
Bisci said he has talked with numerous people and believes a gunman was targeting a woman who had given grand jury testimony this week in an apparent homicide case. District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III refused to comment on that report when questioned by The Buffalo News.