Dollar General suspect not cooperating with Cheektowaga Police

A Cheektowaga Police officer marks casings outside Dollar General feet away from an assault weapon on November 14th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A Cheektowaga Police officer marks casings outside Dollar General feet away from an assault weapon on November 14th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – Very little is known about the suspect who opened fire at the Dollar General store on Union Road near French Road Tuesday afternoon.

Police officers quickly detained the suspect and transported him to the hospital for treatment of an injury.  

“He’s not being very cooperative, and the information is being developed on our own at this point – he’s not talking to us,” said Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zach.

Cheektowaga Police say Travis Green, 29, of Cheektowaga opened fire on the Dollar General around 2:47 pm.  Several rounds were fired.  The police found two assault-type rifles in and near the man’s vehicle.  He was also wearing body armor.

The suspect shot a 53-year-old Cheektowaga man who remains in the hospital.  No one inside the store was hurt.

“It is a miracle I’m not at this podium reading off the names of the dead,” said Chief Zack. “We are blessed for that, we are fortunate for that, those persons inside the store I’m sure are spending some quality time with loved ones at this time.  They were clearly extremely lucky.”

Cheektowaga Police and NFTA Police stage outside of the suspect's apartment in the Gardenvillage Apartments, November 14th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police and NFTA Police stage outside of the suspect’s apartment in the Gardenvillage Apartments, November 14th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

At the time of the arrest, police were able to ascertain the man’s name – which is being withheld until further notice.  From that information, they were able to determine his address at Gardenvillage Apartments and a search warrant was executed.

Late Tuesday night Cheektowaga Police released photos of the suspect’s weapons and body armor.

Cheektowaga Chronicle asked the police chief if the FBI will be brought in to assist in the investigation.

“As the identity of the suspect becomes known we will be working very closely with the FBI and also, clearly the Erie County District Attorney’s Office,” said Chief Zack.

Video of the incident was caught on camera according to Assistant Chief James Speyer.

“The video I saw showed part of the incident in the parking lot.  It was video at the scene that we were able to grab in the first 15 minutes of the incident.  We will go through every business in the area to see if addition video is available, but at that point, that was the only video that we had,” said Asst. Chief Speyer.

Initial reports during the confusion indicated that there could have been another shooter, but Chief Zack reiterated, “We have our suspect.  There is no threat that we believe at this time, we do believe the shooter acted alone.  For our town residents, sleep safe, your guys are on the job.”