Delaware Park is considered by many to be one of the safest places in Buffalo and is only a day away from a fatal shooting that police say was not an accident.
BUFFALO, NY – Yet no arrests were made in Monday night’s fatal shooting at the Delaware Park basketball courts.
Buffalo Police now say this shooting was targeted.
Delaware Park is considered by many to be one of the safest places in Buffalo, just a day away from a fatal shooting that police said was no accident.
“Our preliminary investigation so far shows that this was a targeted shooting in the wild,” said Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia of the Buffalo Police Department.
Candles are still lit in remembrance of Joel Northrup, 26, of Kenmore, who police have identified as the victim. They say he was playing basketball when he was shot.
A family member who did not want to step past the camera said Northrup has two young children and a third on the way.
Mykel Owens says he was there Monday night when the shots were fired.
“I was picking up my things, all I heard was five or six shots sounded like firecrackers,” Owens said.
He says he knew the victim.
“I fought with him a few times, he was a really cool, outgoing person,” Owens said. “It was really hard to see still trying to process it today, which is why I came here trying to give myself a little closure.”
Police declined to comment on what was recovered from the scene, but said they were unable to find a weapon last night and continue to investigate what led to the shooting.
2 On Your Side asked the police if they could confirm if there was an argument that was directly related to this shooting?
“So the information given to us yesterday is that there was some sort of argument or brawl the day before the investigation that we collected a video on social media about it, we are looking for. so whether that was related or not. ”Gramaglia said.
Throughout the day we saw a greater police presence in Delaware Park and signs of normalcy – people exercising, the Buffalo Zoo open and yes people playing basketball – in hope. to no longer suffer violence.
“Leave all of your problems at home, if you have a problem with someone who you know someone is going to be here, just go to another court on foot,” Owens said.
Police are checking surveillance video in the area.
“I asked the police superintendent [Byron] Lockwood and his management team to use all the resources at their disposal to find the person or persons responsible for this terrible crime, ”said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
A woman who identified herself as a member of the family said this about Northrup: “Any young child he saw in trouble or street kids he told them to stay away. out on the street and come to court he was just a neighborhood kid and a good kid his life was basketball it really breaks my heart because if there was one person in the world who didn’t deserve not that, it was him. “
BPD asks anyone with information to call them or you can also submit a confidential tip at 716-847-2255.