Father And 2-Year-Old Daughter Shot In Buffalo On Decker Street
Gun violence in Buffalo has left a 2-year-old and her father injured. Both were shot in an incident on Decker Street. Officers with the Buffalo Police Department's Northeast District were called to the scene just before 4 pm on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. According to WIVB, a 37-year-old man and his 2-year-old daughter were shot near Olympic Avenue. The man was taken to Erie County Medical Center and the toddler was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital. The girl was shot in the arm, but it's not known exactly where the father was shot. Both victims are listed in stable condition. If you have any information, you can call or text the Buffalo Police Department's confidential tip line at (716) 847-2255.
There have been at least 77 shootings in Buffalo so far in 2022. Of those incidents, at least 37 people have died, including the 10 shot in a racist attack at Tops on Jefferson Avenue. In 2021 alone, we lost at least 57 people to gun violence.
New York State has increased its efforts to get illegal guns off the streets and out of the hands of potential criminals. At the second meeting of the Intra-State Gun Tracing Consortium at the New York State Intelligence Center in East Greenbush, Governor Kathy Hochul provided an update on how many guns have been taken off the streets. Since January, thousands of illegal guns have been seized, including 'ghost guns,' which according to the Brady Untied organization are preferred by those with criminal motives, since they are virtually untraceable,
Ghost guns are unserialized and untraceable firearms that can be bought online and assembled at home. They are often sold through "ghost gun kits," which include all of the parts and often the equipment necessary to build these weapons at home. These kits are widely available and can be purchased by anyone, including prohibited purchasers, domestic abusers, and gun traffickers — without a background check.
Police in New York State have seized 250 ghost guns
State police have increased their illegal gun seizures by 60 percent each month since January 2022, which is when the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns was created.
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