Teen wounded in Foundry Suites shooting called innocent bystander
A teenager was critically wounded when an argument between two young men ended in gunfire early Sunday morning in a crowded Elmwood Avenue hotel room, police said.
The shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in a rented room at the Foundry Suites, 1738 Elmwood, during a gathering in honor of a young girl with as many as 50 people present, according to police.
The 19-year-old teenager, a guest at the party, is believed to be an innocent bystander who had nothing to do with the argument, police said. One of the two young men, a 22-year-old, also was wounded when the argument escalated and the other man pulled out a gun and began shooting.
“There were words exchanged between a couple of older guys, there were some punches, and one of them pulled out a gun and started shooting,” said a police source familiar with preliminary details of the incident.
The 19-year-old, who is in Erie County Medical Center, remained in critical condition Sunday. The wounded 22-yearold, also at ECMC, was listed in stable condition.
Homicide Squad and Gun Violence Unit detectives are continuing to investigate the shooting, but police had not yet determined a reason for the argument or whether the shooting was gang related.
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