Buf­falo His­tory Mu­seum opens ‘Icons’ ex­hibit, which de­tails many of the best play­ers – and the best mo­ments – in Buf­falo sports

The Buffalo News - - CITY&REGION - By Mark Som­mer

Be­ing a sports fan in Buf­falo has been pretty dis­mal for any­one un­der the age of 25. Eigh­teen years have passed since the Sabres were in a Stan­ley Cup game, and 23 years have gone by since the Bills played in the Su­per Bowl.

And yet the sto­ried his­to­ries of the teams, the ath­letes and fan fa­vorites have long bound lo­cal sports en­thu­si­asts. It’s with the fans in mind that the Buf­falo His­tory Mu­seum on Fri­day opens “Icons: The Mak­ers and Mo­ments of Buf­falo Sports.”

Most of the ex­hibit comes from the Greg D. Tran­ter col­lec­tion, do­nated to the mu­seum in 2015.

The new in­stal­la­tion on the sec­ond floor --re­plac­ing the 27-year-old “Buf­falo Made” ex­hibit – uses pho­to­graphs, ar­ti­facts, text pan­els and in­ter­ac­tive and touch-screen dis­plays to tell Buf­falo’s sports story.

“This is about the sports, the in­for­ma­tion and telling the story, but it’s also about de­vel­op­ing the hu­man con­nec­tions,” said An­thony Greco, di­rec­tor of ex­hibits and in­ter­pre­tive planning.

“We wanted to cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to come in and rem­i­nisce, for grand­par­ents to talk to their grand­chil­dren and say, ‘I re­mem­ber this mo­ment, I was sit­ting there, I was at this game,’ “Greco said.

The “Icons” dis­play fea­tures 17 sports stars, in­clud­ing: Bisons slug­ger Luke Easter, the Ban­dits’ John Tavares, Bills le­gends Thur­man Thomas, An­dre Reed, Bruce Smith and Jim Kelly as well as the Sabres’ “French Con­nec­tion” line of Gil­bert Per-

be­ing dis­patched and en- coun­tered a scene of chaos.

“Wit­nesses alerted of­fi­cers to a man wear­ing cam­ou­flage flee­ing the scene on foot. The sub­ject was re­peat­edly or­dered to stop and he re­fused,” Zack said. “Af­ter a brief foot pur­suit, the sub­ject was tack­led to the ground by of­fi­cers. No shots were ex­changed be­tween the sub­ject and (Cheek­towaga) po­lice of­fi­cers.”

The man they were chas­ing also was wear­ing body ar­mor, but he was not in pos­ses­sion of a weapon when sub­dued, said Zack.

Zack said a bomb-sniff­ing dog was brought in as a pre­cau­tion to check for explosives in a ve­hi­cle that po­lice be­lieve may be con­nected to the man. The chief said that po­lice think that ad­di­tional guns may be inside the man’s car.

How­ever, two high-pow­ered AR-15 ri­fles were re­cov­ered by po­lice in the park­ing lot of the Dol­lar Gen­eral store, the po­lice chief said.

Given the weapons that were used, Zack said, it was very for­tu­nate there were not more in­juries, or worse ones.

“I can tell you, be­ing on scene, there were sev­eral rounds that pen­e­trated the front door glass of the store. One was com­pletely shot out,” he said.

“It is a mir­a­cle that I’m not at this podium read­ing off the names of the dead,” Zack said.

Po­lice did not re­lease a name of the sus­pect. Zack said po­lice were still in the process of try­ing to ver­ify that. “He is not be­ing co­op­er­a­tive with us at all, so mo­tive, pre-planning, all those things we’re just un­sure of at this time,” he said.

“The in­jured civil­ian has been iden­ti­fied. How­ever, we will not be re­leas­ing that name un­til we re­ceive the ap­pro­pri­ate word from fam­ily of that vic­tim,” Zack said.

Po­lice Tues­day said it did not ap­pear that the vic­tim and the sus­pect knew each other and that the shoot­ing ap­peared to be un­pro­voked.

Po­lice in­ter­viewed sev­eral wit­nesses.

Cheek­towaga Po­lice were as­sisted in Tues­day’s pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the West Seneca Po­lice Depart­ment, Ni­a­gara Fron­tier Tran­sit Au­thor­ity Po­lice, Erie County Sher­iff’s of­fice, U.S. Bureau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms.

Zack said he an­tic­i­pated that the FBI would also be called in to as­sist in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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