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Niagara Falls police identify victim in fatal shooting

NIAGARA FALLS – City police identified the victim in Friday’s fatal Packard Court shooting as Elijah Little, 28, of Niagara Falls.

No suspect has been charged in the shooting.

The unidentified shooter fired a warning shot and then shot an intruder, according to reports from the scene. The call to police came from the apartment where the shooter lived.

Capt. Kelly J. Rizzo, chief of detectives, reported on Monday that police responded to a call of shots fired at 9:30 p.m. and found Little dead on the courtyard grass.

Officers removed people – unarmed and with their hands up – from the apartment. They were separated and secured in a police vehicle. Detectives are still analyzing the physical evidence gathered at the scene and reviewing witness statements as try to piece together the events that unfolded, Rizzo said in a statement.

The shooter, who has not been identified, will be interviewed with his attorney at the Niagara County District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday. Then the case will be presented to a grand jury to determine what, if any, charges will be filed, Rizzo said.

Little was sentenced in Niagara County Court to five years in prison on Sept. 18, 2010, for robbing a man at gunpoint on Aug. 24, 2009. He also violated a restraining order a woman had against him by visiting her home on March 23, 2010.