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Celebration in park ends in gunfire

MLK Park, Buffalo, NY
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MLK Park, Buffalo, NY

A birthday celebration at Martin Luther King Park took a tragic turn Saturday evening.

Approximately 60 people were gathered for a barbecue when a man of average height and weight, wearing a hoodie and light colored jeans, approached. He opened fire with a semiautomatic handgun, scattering adults and children alike. Five people were hit and have been hospitalized. Two are reported to be in critical condition. The suspect fled on foot.

Police are asking the public for help. The tip line can be reached at 847-2255.

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