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Man commits suicide during Bills tailgate

Man commits suicide during Bills tailgate near Ralph Wilson Stadium, cops say
BY Amara Grautski
Monday, September 14, 2015

A man who was part of a group of Bills fans tailgating in a parking lot outside Ralph Wilson Stadium shot himself Saturday night, police said.

The middle-aged man, who was from Western New York, could not be revived and died at the scene, the Buffalo News reported. Orchard Park police would not identify the man.

“We do not, as a policy, release names of (suicide victims),” police chief Mark Pacholec said.

The sold-out lot across Abbott Road from the stadium was reserved for campers and RV’s in advance of Sunday’s 1 p.m. Bills game against the Colts.


A group of tailgaters was dancing to music around 10:20 p.m., one man told the newspaper, when the gun went off.

“There was a bunch of screaming,” said Chris Hurley, a Vermont resident and Bills season-ticket holder.

But with fireworks also being set off nearby, not everyone knew what had occurred.

One woman said she saw the man collapse, according to the report, while a man said he heard a “pop” before spotting him on the ground.

Fans did not remember there being a confrontation before the shooting, the report said.

The Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office said it will be “weeks” before it gets the toxicology results.

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