Eight people leaving a party at a restaurant in Buffalo, New York, have been shot and four of them died, police said.
Managers had decided to close the City Grill in the business district after an altercation inside. The victims, including Danyell Mackin, from Texas, who had returned to his home town for his first wedding anniversary, were leaving at about 2:30 am when a man who had been inside began shooting, police said.
"There were verbal things going on. Management apparently chose to close down and have everybody leave the restaurant," Chief of Detectives Dennis Richards said. "People were leaving when this shooting happened."
Keith Johnson, 25, of Buffalo, has been charged with four counts of second-degree murder and could face more charges.
Police said they do not know whether Johnson was involved in the earlier altercation and asked witnesses to contact them. "We need people to come forward," said Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda, who estimated there were 100 people at the scene when police arrived.
The group was attending a party in advance of a more formal anniversary celebration scheduled for later on Saturday, authorities said. The couple, a 30-year-old man and his wife, married in Texas a year ago and had returned to celebrate with Buffalo-area friends and family, authorities said. The wife was not injured.
"An occasion that should have been a joyous one, a happy one, turned tragic," Mayor Byron Brown said, speaking near the restaurant, which is popular with office workers and people attending theatre and sporting events.
Police identified the other three victims as 26-year-old Willie McCaa III, 27-year-old Shawnita McNeil and 32-year-old Tiffany Wilhite.
Police spokesman Michael DeGeorge says 30-year-old Demario Vass remains in a critical condition. Two men, 27-year-old James Robb Jr and 30-year-old Shamar Davis, were in a stable condition. Tillman Ward, 27, who was shot in the elbow, is in a good condition, they said.