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May 5, 2014

Highland Avenue shooter charged by police

Niagara Gazette — LOCKPORT — A Falls drug dealer and gang member, who is no stranger to police, has been indicted by a Niagara County grand jury in connection with a daring daylight shooting on Highland Avenue on April 17.

Prosecutors revealed the grand jury action against Joachim “Joe” Sylvester during a brief hearing in Falls City Court on Friday. Sylvester, 38, 1353 Ontario Ave., had been facing a charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, second- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, attempted second-degree assault and second-degree criminal use of a firearm in the shooting. 

It’s not known what charges are contained in the grand jury indictment, which remains sealed at this time. 

Sylvester, who is currently free on bail of $50,000, is expected to be arraigned in Niagara County Court later this week. He is also the prime suspect in a shooting on Willow Avenue on April 15.

The Highland Avenue shooting was captured on video by a nearby store surveillance camera. 

A witness told police a suspect, identified as Sylvester, pulled up in a silver SUV in the 2700 block of Highland Avenue, at about 2:45 p.m., and began shooting from his vehicle. The witness said the suspect then got out of the SUV and continued to fire the handgun across Highland Avenue.

The surveillance camera tape shows Sylvester pulling up and firing from the SUV at a male wearing an orange shirt. As the shooting target runs across the street, Sylvester jumps from the SUV and continues to fire at him.

The victim gets into a silver Chevy Tahoe pickup truck and attempts to drive away. As the victim tries to pull out from the curb, he hits a parked car while Sylvester continues to fire shots at him.

The driver of the Tahoe leaves the scene, heading north on Highland Avenue. Sylvester hops back into his SUV and speeds away on Garden Avenue. 

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