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Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO-The City Grill, the site of Saturday night's mass-shooting, recently released a statement regarding the incident.

It says:

We at City Grill are deeply saddened by the tragic events that occurred on August 14th. We are cooperating fully with the authorities and the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

Officials at City Grill told 2 on Your Side off camera that their hearts are with the families and victims.

You can visit City Grill's website to see the statement for yourself.

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Celebration Turns Into Tragedy For Family

BUFFALO, NY  One of the men killed in the shooting was Danyell Makin. He and his wife Tanisha were in town to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary with family and friends.

According to the couple's wedding website, Mackin, 30 and his wife met when they were 13 years-old in Buffalo, NY.

They have a 7-year-old son, and a baby girl who was born in January. The couple was married last year in Austin, Texas where both worked for a bank.

They were expected to celebrate their anniversary Saturday at the Willard Pratt Community Center. A christening for their daughter, Destinee, was scheduled for Sunday morning.

Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo

BUFFALO. NY (WGRZ) -- The Buffalo Police have made an arrest in connection with Saturday morning's mass shooting at the City Grill.

Keith Johnson, 25, of Minnesota Ave. was arrested Saturday afternoon and charged with four counts of murder in the second degree.

A Buffalo Police S.W.A.T. Team surrounded his home on Minnesota Avenue Saturday morning before taking him into custody.

However, in light of new evidence brought forth late Saturday night, Erie County District Attorney, Frank Sedita, tells 2 On Your Side those charges are expected to be dropped.

Eight people were shot, and officials have confirmed that four of the people are dead.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown Trying To Recoup $2M In Health Benefits Paid For Dead Workers

BUFFALO, NY - When they tell you that retiring from a city job comes with permanent health benefits, in some cases they're not kidding.

A new audit conducted by Buffalo City Comptroller Andrew SanFilippo reveals that the city is mistakenly paying health benefits for more than 150 deceased former city employees.

The error has cost taxpayers about $2 million, most of it coming in the last two years, SanFilippo said.

"We can sit there and allow two million dollars to just walk out the door for no reason, and we have the ability to prevent it," SanFilippo said. "That's a big deal."

The city is now trying to get the money back.

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Stanley Cup in WNY Friday

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- For a few moments, the Hurricane Deck at the base of Niagara Falls was renamed the HurriKane -- with a "k" -- Deck as Buffalo-born Patrick Kane brought the Stanley Cup to western New York.

The Chicago Blackhawks forward posed for pictures Friday morning with his family on the wooden deck near the Bridal Veil Falls on the American side. He was given the key to the city and posed for pictures with fans.

It was the first of four stops Kane planned with the trophy Friday. The others include a visit to a Buffalo cancer hospital and a construction site where ironworkers scrawled their support on a sixth-floor steel beam.

A party with Buffalo police and firefighters at the New Era Cap Co. is the final stop.

The 21-year-old Kane scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in overtime against the Flyers. Players on the winning team take turns showing off the prize.

Paladino Campaign War Chest Listed at $150,000

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New campaign finance records show candidates in the Sept. 14 New York primary boosting their coffers with personal funds and transfers from other campaign accounts.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino reports that he loaned $300,000 to his campaign, received almost $83,000 in contributions, and had a balance of about $150,000 in the latest 32-day filing period. The Buffalo developer faces former congressman Rick Lazio in the GOP primary.

In the Democratic primary for attorney general, longtime Assemblyman Richard Brodsky reports transferring almost $967,000 from his Assembly campaign account, plus about $47,000 in contributions, with a balance of $1.5 million. He faces prosecutor Kathleen Rice, ex-Insurance Superintendent Eric Dinallo, state Sen. Eric Schneiderman and attorney Sean Coffey.

Their reports weren't immediately available Friday.




Buffalo Rotary Club August Meeting Open to Public

BUFFALO, NY- The Rotary Club of Buffalo is inviting the public to attend their next meeting on Thursday, August 19 at 12:15 p.m.

WFD members will be in attendance at the meeting, along with Congressman Chris Lee.

Meetings are held at Templeton Landing (former Shanghai Red's).

The cost is $20, and includes a lunch buffet. For reservations, contact John McClive at 854-3397.