The city's first homicide victim of the year has been identified as Christopher Cotton, 42, of Buffalo.

Buffalo police say Cotton was fatally shot while sitting in a vehicle along Kensington Avenue early Saturday.

The deadly incident occurred shortly after 1 a.m., near Kensington Avenue and Castle Place, between Fillmore Avenue and Grider Street.

Cotton was declared dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting is asked to call or text the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847-2255 or email the department at