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JUVENILE, YOUTH FOCUS OF FALLS SHOOTING PROBE

Police identified a juvenile and a 16-year-old as the prime suspects in a Saturday morning shooting that left another teenager with a bullet hole through his left leg.

Billy Benton Jr., 16, of Niagara Avenue was among a group of about 40 people at Armory Place and Main Street at 2:16 a.m. when a Chevrolet Blazer pulled up, someone thrust a gun out the window and opened fire.

At least one, and possibly two, members of the group returned fire with shotguns they had been concealing inside their clothing, witnesses told police. The Blazer then sped off on Main Street.

Police stopped the vehicle a short distance away and discovered three live shotgun shells in the interior. Witnesses identified one of the occupants, a juvenile, as the gunman, Palmer said.

Police interviewed the teen, along with several other possible suspects and witnesses, but were unable to make any arrests Saturday, Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said. "We'll be following up with juvenile investigators on Monday," he said.

Benton was hit by a shot that went through his leg, Palmer said. He still was being treated Saturday evening in the emergency room at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.

Several witnesses provided sketchy information on the type of firearm used in the shooting, Palmer said.

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