Police find no motive in shooting at store
Victim, 53, hospitalized; armor-clad gunman held
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
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Jerseys and other clothes or equipment that belonged to the athletes are displayed.
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Buffalo’s stadiums and arenas are also celebrated: War Memorial Auditorium, War Memorial Stadium and Offerman Stadium.
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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.
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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.