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Shooting at Lockport bar was part of a chaotic evening for police

LOCKPORT - A man was shot in the shoulder during a fight in a Lockport bar early Saturday, Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said.

The unidentified victim was transported to Eastern Niagara Hospital and then transferred to Erie County Medical Center via Mercy Flight. His injury was not considered life-threatening, Eggert said.

Officers found “a chaotic scene” when they arrived at the Niagara Hotel, North Transit and Niagara streets, at 1:45 a.m., Capt. Richard L. Podgers, chief of detectives, said in a news release.

A large crowd was pouring out of the bar, one block from Police Headquarters.

Several shots were fired, but it appeared the victim was hit once and no one else was injured, Eggert said.

Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses but do not yet have a suspect.

“There were some names mentioned, but you don’t know until you can get somebody to put pen to paper,” Eggert said.

While police were investigating the shooting, they arrested a man who walked onto the scene, allegedly shouting obscenities.

Nathaniel Carson, 23, of Green Street, was charged with disorderly conduct by Lt. David Barrancotta shortly before 3 a.m.

Half an hour later, Barrancotta and Officer Marshall Belling were sent to a fight call at the Diamond, a bar at 148 State Road.

Belling reported that police had been told a man and a woman were fighting inside the bar. When officers arrived, the couple was in the parking lot, where witnesses pointed them out.

The couple started to leave and when Belling shouted for them to stop, the man allegedly made a two-handed obscene gesture and shouted a vulgarity.

A foot chase down State Road ensued. The woman got away, but the officers caught DeWayne G. West, 34, of South Transit Road, Town of Lockport.

West went down to his hands and knees, but refused to put his hands behind his back, so the officers fired a Taser electronic stun gun, whose prongs struck West in the upper left arm and shoulder.

He continued to struggle even after that. Belling wrote in his report, “Knee strikes to the midsection of the suspect were successful.”

West was charged with resisting arrest and second-degree obstructing governmental administration, and paramedics removed the Taser prongs.


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