Jamestown Police: Murder Has Touched off Weeks of Violence

December 07, 2016 - 9:38 am
Jamestown, NY (WBEN) Police believe the violence that's turned the city upside down over the last two weeks is all related. 

"They're targeted events, and not random shootings," said Jamestown Police Chief Harry Snellings. "We have multiple agencies that are currently involved with this investigation, and we continue to follow up on all the information that's coming in." 

The violence started early Thanksgiving morning when 26-year-old Allan B. Burnett Jr. of Buffalo was shot to death outside of a party that got out of control.

Later that day, another shooting was reported less than three miles away from the scene of the murder. 

Snellings wouldn't say whether gangs or drug trafficking led to Burnett's murder.

"With the drug trade we have drug dealers and with that, there's violence that accompanies that," Snellings said. 

Over the last 11 days there have been shootings on street corners and one at a house that's been converted into several apartments. 

With the community on edge Snellings said the people responsible for this don't care about the city or its residents. 

"I just want to reassure people that we are following up on this. It's a priority investigation for us. We have daily briefings where information is being shared not just with our agency but agencies around us," Snellings said.
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