Buffalo Police Make Arrest in Fatal Shooting of 14-Year-Old

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Buffalo Police have made an arrest in one of the city's latest homicides.

Joseph Gant, 28, was taken into custody overnight, He is facing second degree murder and assault charges in connection with four shootings that occurred Tuesday afternoon near the pedestrian walkway over Rt. 33 at on Oakmont Avenue.

"This was a 28-year-old adult that fired shots randomly into a crowd of kids and he will pay his price for his actions," said police commissioner Daniel Derenda.

Police don't want a photo of Gant to be released saying this could hurt their ongoing investigation.

"There could be possibly many more identifications made and if you release the photo you release a picture it will taint our identification process," Derenda said.

Ray Floyd Patterson, III, 14, was shot and killed. Three other males in their teens were also shot, but are expected to be ok.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda and Mayor Byron Brown walked through the neighborhood Wednesday to try and urge residents to come forward with information. Derenda said he knew of several cellphone videos that had been taken, asking witnesses to provide whatever they can.

"I can tell you people did step up, people did speak up and that is why we have this arrest today," Brown said.

Police continue to investigate another shooting that happened around five hours later on Shirley Avenue. Ronnie Scott and Diamond Allen, both 17, were shot. Scott was taken to ECMC where he later died. Allen was shot in the leg and was treated and released. A source tells 2 On Your Side the Shirley Avenue shooting was gang related.

The two shootings are not connected, according to Buffalo Police.

Gant, the Oakmont Avenue suspect pleaded not guilty and is being held on no bail. He's expected to be back in court for a felony hearing on Tuesday afternoon.

Buffalo Police ask anyone with information on either shooting to call the Buffalo Police Confidential TIPcall line at 847-2255.

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