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BPD Lifts Lock Down at True Bethel Baptist, Ferry-Grider Homes

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -Buffalo Police searched all cars coming in and out of the Ferry Grider homes; but contrary to other media reports, an arrest has not been made in Saturday's shooting rampage at the City Grill.

The Reverand Darius Pridgen tells 2 On Your Side the Buffalo Police placed his church in lockdown as a search for a suspect in the City Grill shooting was apparently taking place nearby.

Pridgen tells 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing that police were supposedly searching the area of the Ferry-Grider Homes which is located directly behind his church on East Ferry between Grider Street and Donovan Drive. That area was also placed in lockdown for a time.

A resident of Ferry-Grider said Buffalo Police were going through all of the apartments and were looking for an "African-American male, bald, between 25-30 years old". The resident said police told him the suspect may have been "hiding out" in the housing development.

Buffalo Police have not released a composite or any desscription of the alleged shooter, however, sources within the department say there is a very clear description of who they are looking for in connection with the quadruple murders.

In response to all of the activity and inquiries, the Buffalo Police released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

"At this time, Buffalo Police do not have a suspect in custody in connection with the shootings that occured early Saturday morning outside of the City Grill Restaurant. The investigation remains ongoing and detectives continue to make progress."

A community activist tells 2 On Your Side that members of rival gangs had an altercation inside the City Grill before Saturday's shooting that left four people dead.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous, said that he was told there were members of one group with the wedding party inside the bar, when a few members of a rival gang tried to come in. A fight broke out, and one of the men trying to come in was beaten up and thrown out. A short time later the D-J stopped the music, the lights came up and the bar was cleared.

According to our source, the man who was thrown out earlier had gone to his car and returned with a gun.  Eight people were shot, four of them fatally.

Also, now a local pastor says he knows who the shooter is and he's making a passionate public plea to him. Reverend Darius Pridgen says the same name keeps coming up with police and witnesses in this case. Pridgen says he has to contact this individual before and urges him to surrender.

"You know you did it, you know you need to turn yourself in," Pridgen said. "Before other people who are not law enforcement make contact with him."

Buffalo Police updated the media and the community Monday morning. Both Brown and Derenda say more and more tips are coming in, they still need people who were there that night to speak out about what they saw.

"We are appealing to you, appealing to you," pleaded Mayor Brown, "to come forward and share what you know.

Commissioner Derenda said the department is working around the clock to find the person responsible for the deadly carnage. In addition, the Mayor announced that Governor David Paterson has offered the state's assistance in the investigation. The Mayor said he has accepted that offer and will provide further details on what that includes at a later time.

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