Police: Security guard tackles active shooter at Buffalo drug clinic

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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.

A photo of the gun the suspect allegedly had. (Jeff Préval/News 4)

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.


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