Mayor Byron Brown: 'The Park is Safe'

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Video: Press Conference Held on Shooting at MLK Park Part 2

Video: Community Reax to MLK Park Shooting

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown speaks at a press conference regarding the MLK Park shooting.

BUFFALO, NY -  Less than 24 hours after a mass shooting at MLK Park sent 5 people to the hospital, Mayor Byron Brown visited the park Sunday afternoon to talk about his meeting with some of the victim's families at the hospital.

"What I told those families is that we will expend every resource that we can to make sure that the cowardly individual, or individuals who are responsible for this act are caught and brought to justice," said Brown.

Police tell us several people were gathered for a party Saturday night at one of the covered picnic tables in the park. They say a man walked up to the group and started firing what they believe was an semi-automatic type weapon. Witnesses told police the man then ran towards Myers Street.

Police say they will team up with their counterparts on both the State and Federal levels and vow to work 24/7 to solve this crime. An example of that happened right after the City Grill shooting incident where 8 were shot and 4 people died almost 2 years ago.

Right now, they are asking the public to come forward with information. "When people come forward and tell us what happened and give us the evidence we can aggressively prosecute the people who commit these outrageous crimes and put them in jail for the rest of their lives," said Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita.

But the main questions on the minds of many people on Sunday, is MLK Park safe for families to come out and enjoy?

Brown says "Yes, the park is safe. Yes the city is safe and we're going to make sure that it is safe."

Deborah Smith was upset as she spoke with reporters today because her eigth year old granddaughter was in the park at the time of the shooting. Samuel Herbert, who has helped lead efforts to develop the park, is also frustrated because this could impact interest and attendance at the park. He is calling on the community to attend the Juneteenth Festival and Father's Day Weekend on June 16th and 17th. You can see their comments in the attached story.    


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