Police Presence Picks Up After City Homicide, Shootings

Jamestown police have increased their patrols following a recent string of shootings, one of which left a Buffalo man dead and two more hospitalized.

Police released the name of Thursday’s homicide victim as 26-year-old Allan B. Burnett Jr., who was reportedly shot and killed during an altercation at 129 S. Main St. The names of the other victims or further details surrounding the homicide have not been released.

Police said a social gathering had been going on at the South Main Street residence when multiple gun shots were reported. It’s unclear how many weapons were involved or if more than one suspect is being sought.

City and state police converged Saturday evening on West Eighth Street.

Harry Snellings, Jamestown police chief, said his department was following up on numerous leads in response to the shootings. He wouldn’t specify what police were investigating Saturday, but said he has called in additional officers to assist in patrols.

“We are working very diligently to investigate all leads,” Snellings said. “We have extra guys out here doing patrols.”

Police have increased their presence in the city since the Thanksgiving Day homicide, which was followed by several shootings. Officers responded to Falconer and Thayers streets Thursday afternoon and were advised two black males fired at a vehicle traveling through the area. Not one was reportedly hit.

On Friday, police said a man dressed in black and a dark ski mask entered a East Fourth Street residence and opened fire. No one was injured, though police said the incident was not a random act.

Several hours later, police then received notice that shots were fired in the area of Lakeview and Euclid avenues. Police said a vehicle traveling in the area was reportedly struck by one of the rounds fired. No injuries were again reported.

All four shootings come in the wake of the Nov. 10 shooting death of Shari Robbins, who was gunned down in a parking lot at 9 Prospect St. Jamestown resident Keith L. Robbins, 36, was indicted by a Chautauqua County Grand Jury earlier this week on a second-degree murder charge after allegedly shooting and killing his estranged wife.

According to state crime data, the city of Jamestown has experienced more gun violence in 2016 than the previous 10 years. Statistics indicate the city has averaged just one shooting incident a year since 2006, with 2015 topping out at three incidents.

In 2016, with the addition of this week’s incidents., the city has experienced nine separate shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 483-7537. An anonymous tip can be left at 483-8477 or on the department’s Facebook page with the tip link.

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