Niagara Gazette

September 3, 2013

19-year-old shot in front of his mother on Pine Avenue Monday night

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

The mother of a Niagara Falls teen witnessed the shooting of her son Monday night in the 600 block of Pine Avenue.

The 19-year-old man was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Further information about his condition was unavailable Tuesday morning.

Called to a report of shots fired in the 600 block of Pine Avenue about 10:15 p.m., an officer came upon a brown Chevy Impala parked sideways on Pine with three people inside. One of the men was slumped over in the backseat with three apparent gunshot wounds to his chest.

The officer called an ambulance to the scene but the victim's mother was on the scene and demanded that he be driven to the hospital in the Impala. Due to the circumstances and the condition of the man, the officer agreed and escorted the car to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Another officer arrived on Pine and secured the scene.

A detective arrived at Memorial and the mother reported that she was phoned by her son moments before the shooting and he told her several people were at his residence on the 600 block of Pine Avenue trying to kick in the front door.

When the mother arrived, she saw her son fighting with two other men while another man sat inside a newer, nice-looking sedan. She said one of the men fighting with her son pulled a rifle from the rear of the vehicle.

The mother said she pushed the man with the rifle and told her son to run but the man began firing, hitting her son three times. The man then got in the sedan and it drove off.

A man driving down Pine Avenue at the time said he had to swerve to avoid the victim, who running across Pine near the intersection of Seventh Street and one of the shots fired by the suspect shattered the rear window of his '03 BMW. The driver fled and drove to the area of the Rainbow Bridge before calling police. No one in the car was injured.

Police believe they know who the suspects are.