On Saturday night, an RV lot near the Buffalo Bills’ stadium was packed full of tailgating fans preparing for the team’s first game of the season. Around 10:20 p.m., one of those fans shot and killed himself, according to police.
The victim’s identity has not yet been released, but cops did say that he was a middle-aged man from Western New York. The Buffalo News was on the scene the morning after the shooting, and got some more details from witnesses who were in the lot on Saturday night:
One woman saw the man collapse, but thought he had just fallen down.
“I heard a ‘pop’ and looked down,” said Steve Trow of Ohio. He then saw a man on the ground and people trying to revive him.
When police arrived, they told everyone to go back into their campers, said Perry Carter of Angola, who saw a handgun next to the victim.
Fans said they did not recall seeing or hearing a confrontation before the shooting. It left them more perplexed about what prompted the incident.
“They had disco lights and a DJ going,” Carter said.
The scene was cleared by Sunday morning, and fans were allowed to remain in the lot and tailgate like normal.
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