We really need to cease all this senseless and unnecessary violence:
A crazed gunman turned an anniversary celebration for a pair of childhood sweethearts in Buffalo into a bloodbath yesterday, killing the husband and three others as he coldly sprayed celebrants with gunfire after a fight, authorities said. The senseless carnage — in which four others were wounded in the rain of bullets, including one left in a coma — came a day before the couple’s planned christening for their infant daughter.
Danyell Mackin, 30, and Tanisha Stephens, 31, returned to their hometown to renew their wedding vows in front of friends and family exactly one year after getting married in Austin, Texas. “They were a match made in heaven,” said Stephens’ cousin, Tamika Wiggins.
The couple and their guests were gathered at the City Grill downtown when a fight erupted in the upscale eatery at 2:30 a.m. The DJ flipped on the house lights, stopped the music and ordered everyone to leave.
As the crowd of more than 100 guests and patrons spilled onto the street, at least one man opened fire. Mackin was fatally wounded and died as his horrified sister, Latisha Rogers, watched helplessly, Mackin’s devastated stepdad told The Post. Hours after the bloodbath, an eyewitness fingered Keith Johnson, who was released from prison less than three weeks ago, as the shooter, a law-enforcement official said.
Johnson, 25, who spent five years in prison beginning in 2003 for a shooting and then another two after violating parole, was charged with four counts of murder yesterday, police said.
But in an unusual move late last night, Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III told The Post that he would “probably” seek to dismiss the charges today because of new evidence and witnesses.Johnson’s mother, Jackie Green, told The Post that her son was not the killer because one of the men slain, Willie McCaa III, 27, was one of his best friends. “Why would my son kill his friend?” she fumed. “[The arrest was] a case of mistaken identity.” Also killed in the fusillade were Tiffany Wilhite, 32, and her cousin Shawnita McNeil, 27.
So sad. R.I.P.