Po­lice find no mo­tive in shoot­ing at store

Vic­tim, 53, hos­pi­tal­ized; ar­mor-clad gun­man held

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Aaron Besecker and Harold McNeil

Cheek­towaga Po­lice late Tues­day still lacked a mo­tive for a shoot­ing ear­lier in the day out­side a Dol­lar Gen­eral store at Union and French roads which left one vic­tim in­jured, along with the well-armed sus­pect wear­ing body ar­mor.

Both had been taken to hos­pi­tals with in­juries that were non-life threat­en­ing, po­lice of­fi­cials said.

“At this time, we have no way of know­ing what that mo­tive was. We are very con­fi­dent that the shooter was act­ing alone and no other sus­pects are be­ing sought at this time,” said Cheek­towaga Town Po­lice Chief David Zack, dur­ing a 6 p.m. news con­fer­ence held in Cheek­towaga’s Po­lice Depart­ment head­quar­ters.

The man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the in­ci­dent, ac­cord­ing to Asst. Po­lice Chief James Speyer late Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Cheek­towaga Po­lice late Tues­day, the vic­tim in the shoot­ing was a Cheek­towaga man, 53. He was still in the hos­pi­tal Tues­day night, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

Ear­lier, Cheek­towaga Po­lice dis­patch­ers had re­ceived sev­eral calls shortly be­fore 3 p.m., re­port­ing an armed man at a Dol­lar Gen­eral store in the town.

“This cre­ated some ini­tial con­fu­sion with our dis­patch­ers, be­cause there are six Dol­lar Gen­eral lo­ca­tions within our town,” Zack said.

Even af­ter fig­ur­ing out that the in­ci­dent was oc­cur­ring at the Union Road lo­ca­tion of the store, po­lice still had to de­ter­mine which Union Road lo­ca­tion.

“The ac­tual ad­dress where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, though on Union Road, is of­fi­cially 25 Gar­denville Park­way West, which is near French Road. These are com­plete op­po­site di­rec­tions in the town,” the po­lice chief said.

Po­lice ar­rived within four min­utes of

reault, Rene Robert and Rick Martin.

Sabre Pat LaFon­taine is also in­cluded. A quick use of a touch screen re­veals he av­er­aged 1.44 points per game, the most ever for a Sabre. His ca­reer statis­tics, most goals in a sea­son – 53 – as well as quotes and film clips are are pre­sented for him and oth­ers be­hind dis­play glass.

Jer­seys and other clothes or equip­ment that be­longed to the ath­letes are dis­played.

The ex­hibit in­cludes homages to Delaware North, the Buf­falo-owned con­ces­sion­aire gi­ant; Bills founder Ralph C. Wil­son Jr., Bisons sav­ior Robert E. Rich Jr., Sabres’ first own­ers Sey­mour Knox III and Northrup Knox, Buf­falo Braves owner Paul Sny­der and New Era Cap.

Buf­falo’s sta­di­ums and are­nas are also cel­e­brated: War Me­mo­rial Au­di­to­rium, War Me­mo­rial Sta­dium and Of­fer­man Sta­dium.

Of course, re­minders of the four Bills Su­per Bowl ap­pear­ances be­tween 1991 and 1994 can be found, like the uni­forms of Cor­nelius Ben­nett, Henry Jones, Steve Tasker and Kent Hull. Vis­i­tors also can re­mem­ber – or learn about – the im­prob­a­ble 1993 play­off game when the Bills over­came a 35-3 deficit to de­feat the Hous­ton Oil­ers.

Early Bills his­tory in­cludes a uni­form worn by full­back Art Baker dur­ing the team’s first year in 1960, along with a game day pro­gram.

Box­ing and wrestling are rep­re­sented by Lou Scozzi, a pop­u­lar 1930s Ital­ian boxer, with the huge box­ing gloves he wore. The ex­hibit in­cludes size 14E boots worn by 1950s Ital­ian wrestler Ilio DiPaolo, and the Women’s Na­tional Hockey League cham­pi­onship won by the Buf­falo Beauts in March.

One dis­play show­cases Buf­falo’s ear­li­est sports teams and ath­letes.

“It’s the foun­da­tion of how pro­fes­sional sports evolved, and how peo­ple had time for leisure and how that came to be,” said Melissa Brown, the mu­seum’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

There are many medal­lions, medals and pins to go with early 20th-cen­tury sports ac­com­plish­ments in row­ing, bi­cy­cling, track and field and baseball.

One photo from 1860 de­picts the Buf­falo Ni­a­garas, the first uni­formed team to play am­a­teur baseball in Buf­falo. The Ni­a­garas beat the Rochester Flour Ci­ties in its maiden game two years ear­lier by the very un­base­ball-like score of 30-20.

The men are wear­ing slacks, white shirts and what looks look bibs over their shirts, as if dressed for a Sun­day picnic.

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