3-year-old boy shot while watching fireworks has died


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Four days after Shaquelle Walker Jr. was shot while watching fireworks on Donovan Drive, the Buffalo Police Department has confirmed the 3-year-old has died.

Walker was shot Monday evening, along with three others, while gathered with a large group in a courtyard area to watch fireworks. He was taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital and had been listed in critical condition.

Two others shot were identified as 27 and 28-year-old Buffalo men. The pair were taken to Erie County Medical Center, they were initially listed in stable condition. Another 28-year-old Buffalo man’s foot was grazed by a bullet. He was treated at ECMC and released.

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said his thoughts and prayers are with Walker’s family, calling the shooting “senseless” and “tragic.” Brown adds that this is a “heartbreaking loss” for the Queen City.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family of three-year-old Shaquelle Walker, Jr. who has died after a senseless, tragic shooting on Monday night on Donovan Drive. This is a heartbreaking loss for our entire community. Please keep the family in your prayers, and please, please put the guns down.”


Erie County District Attorney John Flynn said Thursday, 22-year-old DeQuan Richardson and 25-year-old Jonay Robinson are being held as “persons of interest.” The pair were arrested on separate drug and gun charges.

City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said during a press conference Wednesday that police had a person in custody they think was connected to Monday’s shooting.

“A 3-year-old child was shot in the head for doing nothing more than watching fireworks with his family and the community responded. The number of tips and phone calls, cooperation was outstanding and it allowed us as an example to show that when the community and police work together we can bring people to justice who are responsible for these crimes,” Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Confidential TIPCALL Line at (716) 847-2255. 

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