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August 9, 2010

North Tonawanda man found shot dead in Amherst

AMHERST — A North Tonawanda man was found shot in Amherst early Monday and later died at ECMC, Amherst Police say.

Nicholas S. Sweeney, 29, of 58 Oliver St., was found shot by police just after 6 a.m., after a complaint by passerby of a male calling for help.

Authorities are unsure how long Sweeney had been laying shot in front of a home at 352 Rosedale Blvd.

“That’s the interesting part. They don’t know how long he had been there,” Amherst Police Lt. Ron Farszmil said.

He said “several” associated people are being called in for questioning regarding the incident.

The department’s Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and cleared the residence where it is believed an altercation took place sometime overnight that may have resulted in the shooting. The house was empty when police arrived. Farszmil couldn’t say who currently lives at the address but indicated it is one of the subjects associated, though not currently a suspect in the shooting.

The press release states Sweeney was found with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. He was rushed to ECMC in an ambulance where he was pronounced dead at 12:10 p.m.

“It appears at this time that the individuals involved were acquainted with each other,” the press release states.

Farszmil said evidence was collected from the scene, though he did not specify the nature of the evidence.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to the call Amherst police detective bureau at 689-1333.

Sweeney was arrested in North Tonawanda for disorderly conduct late last month, and a warrant was issued after he failed to show up to court.


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