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Cheektowaga Police investigate fatal park shooting

By Bert Gambini

Cheektowaga, NY – Cheektowaga Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Buffalo man at Cheektowaga Town Park Tuesday night.

Police believe at least 100 people may have witnessed the shooting. Police say a single gunman shot Ira Watkins of Buffalo in front of the Park's Recreation Center on Harlem Road.

Bystanders took Watkins to St. Joseph's Hospital on Harlem Road, across the street from the park.

In addition to the witnesses, Police say surveillance video cameras captured the shooting on tape.

The investigation is in progress and despite the strong leads, authorities say they have no suspects at this time.