Falls police receiving 'zero cooperation' amid shooting probe

Larry Kensinger/contributorNiagara Falls police and paramedics on the scene of a shooting incident early Saturday morning at Fourth and Niagara streets. Three people were injured and police are looking for witnesses.

Despite receiving a complete lack of cooperation from witnesses and victims, the Niagara Falls Police Department's top official says there are preliminary leads after Saturday morning's gunfight outside a Niagara Street bar. 

Police Superintendent Thomas Licata said information on the matter will likely be referred to the FBI's Safe Streets Task Force, on which a Niagara Falls Police detective is deployed.

Two male victims were hit in the legs and a female victim was struck in the stomach after what Police Capt. Kelly Rizzo said appeared to be a shootout outside Players Sports Bar early in the morning of June 8. Rizzo described shooters "using parked cars for cover" and firing multiple rounds. 

Rizzo said Tuesday there has been no further cooperation from anybody involved in the call. 

Licata said he is disappointed by the lack of assistance from the public.

"There was lot of people," he said. "Someone had to have seen or know someone who was involved."

Individuals with information about the shooting to call the main desk at the Niagara Falls Police Department at (716) 286-4711, or the anonymous tip line at (716) 286-4591.