Thanks to the City of Buffalo's surveillance camera system, which captured the license plates of his car, a Buffalo man has surrendered in connection with a Tuesday night shooting near Canisius College.
Terry L. Gray Jr., 24, was being held Friday on three counts of first-degree assault in the shooting of three men, ages 16, 17 and 18, following an argument at East Delavan Avenue and Pansy Place in the city's Hamlin Park area at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The incident caused officials at nearby Canisius College to put out campus-wide warnings.
Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge confirmed Friday that the city's camera surveillance system captured the street fight that sparked the shootings and also filmed the car that drove away from the scene and then quickly returned, at which time gunfire erupted at the teens. The surveillance cameras zeroed in on the car's license plate, and that's how police traced the vehicle to Gray's family.
All three of the victims were treated in Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday evening, two for gunshot wounds to their buttocks and hands and one in the right foot. All three were released from the hospital hours after being shot.
Gray surrendered to police and was formally arrested by Officer Sheryl Sanchez at the E District Police Station on Bailey Avenue at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Gray's home address was not released by police.
Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said Terry Gray Sr., the father of the shooting suspect, also has been charged with criminal facilitation for allegedly having been the driver of the car involved in the shootings.
Derenda lauded Canisius College public safety officers, who found the .22-caliber handgun allegedly used in the incident in bushes near the shooting scene. Mayor Byron W. Brown said the quick arrest "shows the efficiency of the surveillance camera system and the importance of having the well-trained camera monitors who function at Buffalo Police Headquarters. The work of the police monitor got the surveillance camera in the Hamlin Park area to zero in on the license plate of the car that led to Gray's arrest. This quick arrest really helped reduce fears in the community."