A Falls man, accused of shooting a 2-year-old child in the face, decided to cop a plea rather than place his fate in the hands of a jury.
With his victim's mother and his intended target sitting in the courtroom on Monday, Willie “Boo” Scott pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted first-degree assault. A two time convicted felon now, Scott will face 5 to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced by Niagara County Court Judge Matthew J. Murphy III in November.
Scott, 33, had faced charges of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting that took place in the parking lot of the Hometown Market at 17th Street and Pierce Avenue on Nov. 27. Had he been convicted on those charges, Scott could have been looking at an up to 25 year prison term.
Investigators said Scott was shooting at a man sitting in the front seat of the car. However, instead of hitting his target, Scott’s bullets slammed into the rear door of the vehicle, striking the child who was sitting in the rear seat.
The little girl suffered “two gun shots directly to the face.”
As part of the plea, Murphy asked Scott to explain what he was doing when he shot the child.
"You had a gun in the car and what we're you shooting at," Murphy asked. "Were you shooting at someone or shooting at the car?"
"I was shooting at the car," Scott said.
Scott turned toward the courtroom spectators a short time later and glared at the man who police say was his intended victim. The man stared directly back at Scott and shuffled in his seat.
Court security officers then moved into the line of sight between the two men in an effort to defuse the situation.