Woman dead, two children shot on Ebling Avenue in Tonawanda

Shooting happened at 2 a.m. Tuesday

Mike Baggerman
August 27, 2019 - 9:06 am

Tonawanda Police on Ebling Avenue after reports of shots fired. August 27, 2019 WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman

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UPDATE: Tonawanda Police identified the woman who was killed as 31-year-old Danielle Cretacci.

TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WBEN) -  A woman is dead and her two children are in stable condition after a targeted shooting, according to Tonawanda Police.

Authorities said the shooting happened at 2 a.m. at 111 Ebling Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda. They are still looking for the suspect and, potentially, the weapon used in the shooting.

"(The community) should be at ease and be calm because we do believe that this was not a random event that took place," Interim Tonawanda Police Chief Jim Stauffiger said.

Stauffiger said they believe the suspects fled the area and Amherst Police assisted with the use of K-9 units.

"Clearly the suspects fled the area," Stauffiger said. "...Nothing to my knowledge was found in regard to that track."

Stauffiger said he was speaking in general terms when he said "suspects".

Police did not release the name of the victims because they have been unable to contact other family members and because of the age of the two children. Stauffiger did not release the ages of the victims but said the two children were under the age of 16.

The home is a single-family home and Stauffiger said that the three victims lived there with the homeowner. Stauffiger said he does not believe the homeowner and the people living there were related or if there was a relationship between the two. Stauffiger would not say if the homeowner was a suspect.

Authorities were contacted by one of the children in the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call 879-6606.

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