Suspect quickly captured in parking lot shooting death

Posted on May 2, 2009. Filed under: murder, New York |

Buffalo, New York – A 37-year-old Buffalo man was shot several times early this morning near a Broadway parking lot and was later pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center.

Buffalo police quickly apprehended a suspect, Timothy Sanders, 29, of May Street, near the scene. The shooting was the 16th homicide in Buffalo this year.

Sanders was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Officer Mark Goodspeed was on routine patrol at about 4 a.m. when he heard gunshots coming from near a parking lot at 1478 Broadway.

Goodspeed responded to the sound and saw Sanders running from the lot. Upon seeing the officer, the suspect tossed a handgun to the ground, police said.

Police said they don’t have a motive for the shooting yet. “For reasons yet unknown, the suspect had shot at the 37-year-old victim, striking him several times. He was attempting to flee the scene when he was spotted by the alert Officer Goodspeed,” said Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards. More on Buffalo News

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