CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — Erie County District Attorney John Flynn has identified two persons of interest in a shooting Monday on Donovan Drive in Buffalo that critically injured a 3-year-old boy.
Dequan Richardson, 22, and Jonay Robinson, 25, were arraigned Thursday morning in Cheektowaga after police executed a search warrant at their apartment on Slate Creek Drive, where investigators allegedly found an illegal pistol. Charges include criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a firearm.
Richardson and Robinson are not facing any charges related to the shooting.
Both are scheduled to return on July 12 for a felony hearing. Bail has been set at $175,000 bail for both defendants. If convicted of all charges, they face a maximum of 15 years in prison.
What You Need To Know
- A 3-year-old boy was shot Monday on Donovan Drive in Buffalo
- Three other people were injured, all males in their 20s
- The Buffalo Police Department is asking for the community's help in addressing the surge in gun violence
DA Flynn said Thursday he hopes the tragic nature of what happened Monday will lead more people to come forward if they have any additional information on what happened.
Buffalo Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said a group of people were gathered in a courtyard around 11 p.m. watching fireworks when a man opened fire.
Four people were injured, including the 3-year-old. A 28-year-old man and a 27-year-old-man are both listed in stable condition. A fourth person, reported to be a 28-year-old man, was treated for a gunshot graze to the foot at ECMC and was released.
"A 3-year-old child was shot in the head for doing nothing more than watching fireworks with his family, and the community responded, the number of tips and phone calls and cooperation was outstanding, and it allowed us as an example to show that when the community and police work together we can bring people to justice who are responsible for these crimes," Rinaldo said.
Mayor Byron Brown thanked members of community for all of the tips and information that lead to the arrest, and emphasized how critical it was to get support from community.
"This shows that when we work together, the community and our police department, we get results," Mayor Brown said.
This shooting was the 13th to happen since Friday, with 21 victims last weekend.
"This level of violence cannot continue," said Capt. Rinaldo. "It is absolutely disgusting and we need to, as a community, we need to come together, and help put an end to this violence."
He added that the Buffalo Police Department is issuing more warrants for gun offenses and said this year they have made 50% more gun-related arrests than last year. Rinaldo is asking the community to step in and help.
"You might think, 'I don’t want to get involved. It doesn’t affect me. I don’t need trouble.' It found this 3-year-old child who was watching fireworks, and they get shot in the head for it," said Rinaldo.
Democratic Mayoral candidate India Walton also addressed the rise in gun violence Wednesday. She was joined by anti-gun violence advocates.
Walton says there is no single solution. They talked about job training and more funding for community centers and anti-violence programs. Walton and advocates would like to see mental health counselors and social workers sent to scenes to help neighbors who witness the violence.
Anyone with any more information is asked to report it anonymously via text or phone call to 716-847-2255.