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Mayor and BPD Ask for Public's Help in Hirschbeck Street Shooting

Incident leaves two dead and three others injured

Mayor Byron W. Brown and members of the Buffalo Police Department conducted a WAVE Wednesday afternoon on Hirschbeck Street following an overnight shooting that left two people dead and three others injured.

Police were called to Hirschbeck Street at approximately 2:15am Wednesday morning for a call of a "shooting". At this point, Homicide Detectives believe two victims were shot while they were outside of 72 Hirschbeck St.

The two, 25 year old Joseph Lovett of South Division St. in the city and 19 year old Jamie Norton of Independence Drive of Derby, NY were declared Dead at the Scene. Detectives believe the two were shot in the upper body area.

Three other victims, believe to be sitting in a car outside of 72 Hirschbeck, were also shot. The three were transported to ECMC.

27 year old Lawanda Strozier of that Hirschbeck address remains in serious condition at ECMC.

29 year old Joseph Cole of Brinkman Avenue in the city, was treated and released from ECMC

And 20 year old Kimberly Caldwell of Wayne Drive in Derby, NY is listed in fair condition at ECMC.

WAVE stands for, Working Against Violent Events. Mayor Brown and police officials have conducted ‘WAVES’ in the past following violent events. The purpose of the WAVE is to "fan out" in the neighborhood and to ask residents to call the Police Confidential TIPCALL Line with any tips that could help in the investigation.

The mayor and police will go door-to-door to talk with residents and distribute pamphlets and literature that could help in solving the crime.

The Confidential TIPCALL Line number is 847-2255.