12-Year-Old Killed by Stray Bullet

Up to $12,500 in rewards being offered for information

April 07, 2019 - 3:42 pm

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - Buffalo Police are investigating a shooting Saturday night incident that killed 12-year-old Bandar Elwaseem and left a 22-year-old man in stable condition at ECMC.

"We are asking for the community to hold this family up in prayer," said a somber Byron Brown. "Obviously this is an incredibly difficult and painful time for this family."

The shootings took place about 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the 400 block of William Street.

Police are reporting that the 22-year-old was the intended victim who was shot while sitting in a car. Elwaseem was in a nearby apartment when struck by a stray bullet. He was rushed to Oishie Children's Hospital before being transferred to ECMC. The 22-year-old was taken to ECMC where he underwent surgery, and was listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon.

Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo says not much is known about what happened at this time.

"At this point we are in the very early stages of this investigation, so I can't say definitively whether or not it was gang related," he said.

A reward of up to $7,500 from Crime Stoppers Buffalo along with a $5,000 reward from the FBI is being offered for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the person(s) responsible for the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255 or Crime Stoppers Buffalo: 716-867-6161.

Listen to the entire press conference below:

Buffalo Schools issued this statement on Sunday night:

Dear Buffalo Public Schools Families:

We and all of the members of the Buffalo Board of Education express our profound sadness and dismay for the tragic and senseless violence that has claimed the lives of so many children in our community. On Saturday evening, we lost another beautiful child, full of potential, to senseless gun violence that too frequently occurs in our Buffalo neighborhoods. Too many of our precious children are either injured or gone too soon due to gun violence. While we are focused on their graduation and bright futures, it is always horrific and unimaginable when a child is taken from us in this way.

Board President Nevergold and I call on our faith-based institutions, our citizens groups, our parents, our Mayor and elected officials, and our schools - all of US - to work together to increase the peace and take clear measures to end the violence NOW!

We teach our students to embrace peaceful conflict resolution through Restorative Practices. We provide Trauma Informed Care. We train staff in Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching practices, and we diligently prepare our Crisis Service Teams. Our Crisis Service Team and School-based Student Support Teams will join several of our community partners to provide counseling and other support services to International School #45, Lafayette International High School #207, Newcomer Academy at Lafayette #353, Montessori School #32, and Hutchinson Central Technical School #304. We are always prepared to assist our children and families in time of need. Nevertheless, our greatest prayer is that there will soon come a day when trauma remediation will no longer be necessary in our young people’s lives.

Please direct your spiritual thoughts and earnest actions toward Badraldeen Elwaseem, who has passed on. His grieving family and an entire city mourn his sudden and heartbreaking death, as with each of the others, one that we will never fully understand.


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