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Eight Shot, Four Dead in Shooting Outside City Grill in Buffalo
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BUFFALO, NY - Mayor Byron Brown says Saturday's early morning shooting was terrible and tragic. He believes the shooting was simply an isolated incident, involving people who have no respect for human life.

During an afternoon media confernece, the Mayor was joined by top officials of the Buffalo Police Department, just feet from where bullets were flying hours earlier. He reassured the public that Downtown Buffalo is safe, and this latest violent event could've happened anywhere.

When asked by 2 On Your Side Reporter Patrick Moussignac what the city is doing to try to stop these things from happening, the Mayor replied, "The Police have been very active, very involved. Our Police Commissioner Dan Derenda, and the Management of our Police Department have beefed up Police support in areas where there are large gathering of people. We are making sure that any special event, our entertainment district has extra Police coverage, and extra Police protection. We will continue to do that with the Downtown Entertainment District, and with special events that occur in the city of Buffalo."

Mayor Brown is also calling on local Clergymen to discuss the problem of violence within the community, during church service Sunday morning. He is also asking everyone to remember the victims, their families and friends.

Meanwhile across town, members of Buffalo's Stop The Violence Coalition hosted a panel discussion Saturday, unrelated to the shooting. Coalition Chairman Aralee Daniels was stunned when he first heard the news. "This is really an unfortunate situation that's something you know as small as a fight led to nine, eight people being shot and four killed." He goes on to say, our elected officials need to do more. "We have to see Political folks from every different level, all the way to D.C. Some of our Congressional Congress people, they have to address this. This is County, this is the City, this is the State that they're representing. This need to be addressed. It needs to be addressed immediately."

Coalition Secretary Carlanda Wilson takes her plea one step further. "We need the authorities to step up and go afterthe gun runners, you know the information that we have to get these guns off the streets, and then we wouldn't have lives lost because of a dispute or argument." 

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