September 3, 2008
2 Young Sisters Sprayed With Birdshot
By Dan Herbeck
Two girls were shot Monday evening as they played on the sidewalk in front of their home in the 200 block of Sprenger Avenue in Buffalo's Schiller Park neighborhood, police reported.A 13-year-old girl and her 7-year-old sister were the victims, according to Jay Smith, spokesman for Rural/Metro Medical Services, whose ambulances took the older girl to Erie County Medical Center and the younger girl to Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
"Neither of the injuries appear to be life-threatening," Smith said.
Buffalo police spokesman Mike DeGeorge said that several men in a car pulled up to the girls shortly before 9:30 p.m. and fired.
The older girl was struck with birdshot and suffered numerous wounds in the face, chest and stomach, police said, and the younger girl was grazed in the back.
The shooting occurred four blocks from where 14-year-old Nancylia Salter was killed by gunfire last Tuesday. Sprenger runs south from Genesee Street near Schiller Park.
Asked if there was a connection, DeGeorge said, "It's way too early to comment on that right now, except to say that we are looking into it."
Police said they pulled over several men in a car not far from the scene shortly after the shooting and were questioning them.
A woman neighbor who came to the aid of the girls right after the shooting told The Buffalo News that the gunman shouted to the younger girl to get down, then started firing at the older girl.
"This is very upsetting," the neighbor said. "No parent should have to go through the situation where their child has been shot."
She added that the entire neighborhood is concerned about the shooting. "We all live here," she said.
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