Murder at Buffalo Chicken Wing Birthplace
Buffalo's iconic Anchor Bar restaurant was evacuated and closed down after a targeted shooting in the kitchen claimed the life of one restaurant worker and wounded another. With a full-house of patrons enjoying dinner around 7 p.m. on Friday, a gunman walked into the kitchen area, opened fire and escaped.
Both victims were taken for hospital treatment. One of them later died. The other suffered non-life threatening injuries.
Buffalo police evacuated the restaurant, and it was closed for the rest of the evening and all day Saturday. The restaurant issued a statement on Saturday;
First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the family of the Anchor Bar employees, one who was fatally wounded and the other who was wounded yesterday evening.
We would like to thank the BPD and emergency medical personnel for their quick response. We will continue to do everything we can to help with this investigation.
We will not allow this act of senseless violence to keep us from serving the good people of this city and will resume operations tomorrow (Sunday) at 12 p.m.
We thank the Buffalo community for your unwavering support.
We defer all questions about this incident to the Buffalo Police Department as they continue their investigation.
The Anchor Bar on Main and North Streets is famous for the origination of Buffalo's famous chicken wings in the 1960's when co-owner Teressa Bellissimo created them as hors d'oeuvres for bar patrons.