Buffalo’s 19th and 20th homicides of the year occurred within hours of each other during what proved to be a busy holiday weekend for police homicide investigators.
Ronald L. Jones, 23, of Buffalo was shot late Saturday in the first block of Norway Park, just hours after a 16-year-old was shot and killed in the 200 block of Northland Avenue, police reported Monday.
Police responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting on Norway Park shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Upon arriving there, officers learned that the victim had been taken to Erie County Medical Center in a private vehicle. Authorities said Jones appeared to have been dumped at the hospital by the driver of the vehicle. Jones was pronounced dead at ECMC.
The teenage victim, Kelmyne Jones of Buffalo, was found dead seven hours earlier, when police responded to another reported shooting shortly after 3:30 p.m. Jones, who authorities said was not related to Ronald Jones, was killed during a fight involving a group of about 11 boys.
Despite the timing and relative proximity of the incidents – the shootings occurred within two miles of each other – Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said the crimes did not appear to be connected.
No arrests have been made in either incident, and police are continuing to investigate both. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the department at 847-2255, or send an email to www.bpdny.org.