Shooting brings ‘difficult time’ in city; police seeking assistance

Police outside 90 Maple Ave. with markings on the ground of where bullets were seen.

Dunkirk police are asking for the public’s assistance after a shooting on Maple Avenue in the area of East Sixth Street.

In a news release issued Tuesday night, officers said they were called to a disturbance where shots were fired and one person was struck after 4:25 p.m. The victim was transported to Brooks-TLC Hospital System in Dunkirk and later transferred to ECMC in Buffalo via Mercy Flight. This incident was targeted among people who know each other.

While at the scene, it appeared there were a number of shell casings surrounding the house. Jamestown police assisted.

During the evening, small crowds gathered around the location on Sixth Street, many with questions regarding what happened earlier in the day. The main thoroughfare — the street is part of Route 60 — was closed until 7:45 p.m. before being reopened to traffic.

An additional police presence was expected today at the Dunkirk City Schools in the aftermath of the incident. On its Facebook page, the district said the “events have deeply impacted the Dunkirk community and left us all shocked and saddened. We offer our support and sympathy to the families and friends of those affected.”

District officials also noted there would be the “necessary resources and support systems” for students who requested or needed assistance. “We will continue to support and assist all members of our community during this difficult time,” the district said.

The Dunkirk Police Department was assisted by District Attorney Jason Schmidt, New York State Police, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, Jamestown Police Department, University Police, Chautauqua County Forensic Investigation Team, and Dunkirk Fire Department, Alstar Ambulance.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed or have video of this incident, to contact the police desk at 716-366-2266 or the confidential tipline at 716-363-0313.


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