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Buffalo man faces 15 years in prison for shooting victims outside downtown restaurant

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Wed, Jan 25, 2023 9:30 am

Submitted by Erie County District Attorney’s Office John J. Flynn

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced that 24-year-old Buffalo resident David A. Douglas was sentenced Tuesday afternoon by State Superior Court Judge Debra Givens to 15 years in prison followed by five years of custody the dismissal.

According to prosecutors: At approximately 12:35 a.m. on July 4, 2021, the defendant fired multiple shots with an illegal weapon outside a restaurant on Ellicott Street in the city of Buffalo. Three people were injured by gunfire. The victims were taken to the hospital in civilian vehicles, where they suffered minor injuries.

The defendant was located by Buffalo police officers on July 16, 2021. At the time of his arrest, he was found in possession of a loaded, illegal handgun.

Douglas pleaded guilty on November 16, 2022 to second-degree attempted murder (“B” violent felony class) and second-degree criminal firearms possession (“C” violent felony class).

Flynn commended the Buffalo Police Department’s Gun Violence Division for their work on this investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Frank A. Strano of the Major Crimes Division, Assistant District Attorney Rebecca L. Schnirel of the Homicide Division, and Chief John P. Gerken Jr. of the Drugs/Intelligence Division.

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