Guards who subdued gunman were recent hires after security push at Hispanics United of Buffalo Methadone Clinic

Dionne Brown wonders how the confrontation with the armed intruder would have unfolded at 8:46 a.m. Thursday had she and her co-workers at the Hispanics United of Buffalo’s substance abuse treatment clinic stayed quiet in recent months.

After seeing some arguments and fights among clients, they spoke up about the need to strengthen security at Alba de Vida in Buffalo’s Lower West Side neighborhood

“We work there every day,” said Brown, a licensed practical nurse at the clinic. “We see the climate of people and their anxiety and mental issues. We see that every day. We knew that if we didn’t speak up about it and then do something about it, that it possibly could be a bad outcome any day, you know?”

That day could have been Thursday if not for the clinic’s two new security guards.

The two guards, now hailed as heroes, quickly subdued the gunman who entered the clinic at Virginia and 10th streets, pushing him outside and onto the ground before police arrived to take him into custody. No one was injured in the incident, though several shots were fired.



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