Thursday, November 12, 2009

CM James Addresses Shooting Incident in Fort Greene Buffalo Wild Wings

**For Immediate Release**

November 11, 2009

Contacts: Alfred Chiodo at (718) 260-9191, (646) 831-6895

Shooting incident in Fort Greene on Veterans Day Eve alarms local residents and the community

(Brooklyn, Nov. 11, 2009)- In an example of poor planning, two teens were injured by gunfire last night, possibly due to irresponsible management of the promotional event, as well as insufficient security at the Atlantic Center Mall. The incident occurred at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant’s Tuesday, 40-cent, Wing Promotion. An altercation between restaurant patrons happened in the mall, which then spilled into the streets of Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

“Falling on the night prior to the Veterans Day school holiday, the restaurant could not accommodate, nor provide proper security for the crowd of teens that responded to the promotion – geared to middle and high school students. The NYPD was forced to maintain order, resulting in resources being withdrawn from local streets, a burden to Fort Greene and the 88th Precinct,” said Council Member Letitia James.

“I question the marketing and management of this event, and ask that restaurants and mall management seriously re-evaluate security procedures for highly attended promotions such as the one held yesterday evening. It is my hope, and those of the community that the two injured teens have a speedy recovery.”


November 12, 2009

Additional comment from Council Member Letitia James regarding the Buffalo Wild Wings promotion shooting incident on Nov. 10:

“There have been several incidents related to Buffalo Wild Wings promotions where the 88th Precinct was called to establish order. I have talked both with the 88th Precinct as well as Atlantic Center management about this problem, and will be meeting with the restaurant to seek appropriate solutions.

This is a question of Buffalo Wild Wings responsibility when it runs popular promotions but fails to provide adequate security. Gun control is the much larger issue involved with this particular incident, and I have been a firm supporter of national legislation to deal with this problem.

The perpetrators have not been arrested, and we are putting forth a reward for those who provide information leading to the arrest of the individuals that committed this senseless crime.”

Council Member Letitia James
35th Council District, Brooklyn

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