SHERIFF’S OFFICE DETECTIVES INVESTIGATING A CLARENCE SHOOTING.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports over the weekend Deputies, and Detectives have been investigating an attempted robbery and shooting in the Town of Clarence and have charged a minor 17-year-old male thus far. Just after midnight on April 1, Deputy Lundberg responded to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital for reports of an individual with a gunshot. The Deputy did observe a gunshot wound to the victim’s calf, and at that time the investigation was expanded to include Sheriff Detectives. Through the investigation, the Sheriff’s office learned that the subject was lured to a housing construction site off Gentwood Road sometime Friday and during the prearranged meeting, the victim was shot with a .22 caliber rifle during a robbery attempt, and the subject, along with two other individuals, fled the scene. On April 1, Sheriff’s Detectives arrested the 17-year-old subject at a Clarence residence and charged him with felony counts of second-degree assault – with a weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon and reckless endangerment. The two other subjects are sought by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the incident. One of the subjects displayed some type of handgun and is considered armed. However, the Sheriff’s office believes this was an isolated incident targeting the victim, and it does not believe the second subject is a danger to the public. The 17-year-old defendant is remanded to the Erie County Holding Center as Detectives continue their investigation into the shooting and attempted robbery incident. Anyone with information with about the incident or the two outstanding subjects is asked to call the Erie County Sheriff’s Office at 858.2903.