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LOCKPORT – A Lockport man accused of the Sept. 7 non-fatal shooting of a man in bar of the Niagara Hotel surrendered to police on Wednesday.

James L. Griggs, 30, of Main Street was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of firearm and first-degree reckless endangerment. He was arraigned before Judge William J. Watson and remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. He was accompanied by his attorney, James J. Faso Jr.

Detective Capt. Richard L. Podgers said the shooting occurred at 1:45 a.m. in the bar on North Transit and Niagara streets. Podgers described the bar scene as chaotic – a large crowd pouring out of the bar, which is one block from Police Headquarters.

Several shots were fired and the victim, a 20-year-old who was never identified, was hit once in the shoulder, according to Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert. Podgers said the case remains ongoing and there could be another arrest.

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