Three people were wounded by gunshots outside a local bar at the corner of 4th and Niagara streets early Saturday morning.
Mayor Paul Dyster said during a telephone call in the late morning that two men were shot in the "leg-area" and a woman was shot in the abdomen, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.
Dyster said Niagara Falls Police Department brass are not commenting about the circumstances of the shooting, the firearm discharged or a possible motive while the investigation remains ongoing. Police Chief Thomas Licata was not immediately available for comment.
Dyster said was a large number of people were outside Players Sports Bar when the incident took place and there is reason to believe at least one victim ran inside the bar after the gunshots were fired.
"The Niagara Falls Police Department has reason to believe that there may be multiple witnesses," he added.
Individuals with information about the incident are encouraged to call the Niagara Falls Police main desk at (716) 286-4711 or the anonymous tip line at (716) 286-4591, Dyster said.
Mark O'Farrell, a co-owner at Players, said there were no disturbances at the bar Friday night before the incident took place and that the bar seldom has problems with patrons. O'Farrell said the incident took place outside the establishment and that no damage was done to the premises.
"It was just a random shooting," he said.
O'Farrell said police reviewed closed-circuit footage recorded by surveillance equipment at the bar after they responded to the scene.
"The police were there for about an hour looking at our cameras," he said.
The bar remains open Saturday, but will likely close early, O'Farrell said.