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April 4, 2008

NIAGARA FALLS: Shooting suspect sought

Victim is in critical condition at ECMC

Falls police are searching for a suspect in a shooting that has left a man critically wounded.

Detectives are looking for Dominic C. Ridgeway, 19, 1546 LaSalle Ave., in connection with the incident that took place at 10:12 p.m. Thursday in an apartment in the 4600 block of Hyde Park Boulevard.

“Apparently, the suspect showed up at the door of the apartment, along with another male,” Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said. “The suspect banged on the door and when he got no answer, he was able to force his way in.”

Inside the apartment, Palmer said the suspect became involved in a “physical fight” with the female tenant. Palmer said the tenant and the suspect knew each other.

“The suspect got away from the female and ran to the top of a flight of stairs,” Palmer said. “There he fired multiple gunshots into the victim who was in a second-floor bedroom.”

The victim, identified as Randolph R. Scott, 30, 2007 11th St., was rushed to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center suffering from what were described as at least two gunshot wounds to the chest. Scott was later transferred to the Erie County Medical Center where he is in critical, but stable condition.

“After the shooting, the suspect and the other male with him, fled from the scene,” Palmer said.

Late Friday afternoon, detectives found the other man and brought him in for questioning. Palmer says he now wants to speak to Ridgeway.

“We’re very interested in locating Mr. Ridgeway and speaking to him,” the detective chief said.

Palmer said police are also looking for the gun used in the shooting and a car, described as a blue four-door 1993 Toyota Camry, with a New York license plate DLL-3034.

The detective chief declined to speculate on a possible motive for the shooting.

“Not until we get a chance to speak to everyone involved,” Palmer said.

Any one with information on the incident is asked to contact detectives at 286-4553.

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