BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – A man with a rifle fired shots inside a drug treatment center on the west side of Buffalo Thursday morning, Buffalo police confirmed, adding that no one had been hit by gunfire inside the clinic.
A police spokesperson said they believe the incident was an attempted robbery related to drug-related activity which was linked to a separate shooting earlier Thursday.
Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia said a security guard at the Alba de Vida drug treatment center grappled with the shooter and was able to apprehend him with the help of a second guard until the arrival of the police.
“Of course the security guard had an initial reaction and then he ran straight – very close – ran straight at the individual,” Gramaglia said. “[He] managed to grab him and the gun, and he held the barrel of the gun until help arrived – another security guard. These two security guards forced him out onto the sidewalk and held him down until the police arrived and could arrest him.
A News 4 photographer was on scene when police removed the gun from the scene. A man was seen handcuffed and placed in a police car.
Police said the man shot at a wall in the clinic’s check-in area before being engaged by guards. During a struggle, additional shots were fired.
Gramaglia said the firearm the man had was an AR-15 style rifle and the magazine was larger than the law allowed.
The Alba de Vida incident followed a separate shooting involving the same suspect and another man about a mile earlier Thursday morning, police said.
They said a woman was shot in the leg inside a Pennsylvania Street home around 8:45 a.m. in an apparent robbery. She was treated at ECMC for non-life threatening injuries. Police believe the suspect then proceeded to the drug treatment facility.
Police said two men suspected of the incidents were in custody.
The police response to Alba de Vida caused a section of Virginia Street to be blocked for several hours.