Preliminary investigation disclose the incident was a “targeted shooting in nature,” Deputy Commissioner, Joseph Gramaglia of Buffalo Police stated.
26-year-old Joel Northrup of Kenmore, identified as the victim of the shooting incident. Authorities say he was playing basketball when he was shot.
A family member who did not want to go on camera says Northrup had two young children and a third one on the way.
Mykel Owens recalled he was there Monday night when the shots were fired, authorities say.
“I was getting my stuff, all I heard was five or six gunshots sounded like firecrackers,” Owens said.
He said he knew the victim.
“I’ve balled with him a couple of times he was a real cool outgoing person,” Owens added, “It was really tough to see still trying to process it today that’s why I came up here trying to give myself a little bit of closure.”
Police are yet to disclose if anything was recovered at the scene, but they do say they were not able to find a weapon as of last night and they continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.
“The information that was provided to us yesterday state that there was some form of an argument or fight the day before we are looking into that we have collected some social media video on that so we are looking into whether that was related or not,” Gramaglia said.
Throughout the day we’ve seen a greater police presence in Delaware Park and signs of normalcy — people exercising, the Buffalo Zoo open, and yes people playing basketball — with the hope of no more violence.
“Leave all your problems at home, if you have any beef with anybody you know somebody’s going to be up here just go to another court walk away,” Owens added.
Police are checking surveillance footage in the area.
“I have asked Police Commissioner Lockwood and his management team to use every resource at their disposal to find the person or persons responsible for this terrible crime,’ said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
A woman who identified herself as a family member said this of Northrup: “Any young kid that he saw getting into trouble or street kids, he told them to stay out of the street come to the courts, he was just a neighborhood kid and a good kid his life was basketball, it really breaks my heart because if there was one person in the world that didn’t deserve this it was him.”
BPD urges anyone with any information to call them or for anonymous tips at 716-847-2255.