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Niagara Falls man charged with shooting the same victim twice

LOCKPORT – Anthony L. Riley pleaded not guilty Thursday to two indictments, each accusing him of shooting the same man in separate incidents less than six months apart.

Riley, 25, of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls, allegedly shot DeMario A. Chandler Sept. 26 and again March 11.

Chandler, 28, was shot in the knee Sept. 26 near the corner of 19th Street and Welch Avenue, police reported.

He was shot again March 11, Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Thursday. Police reports said Chandler was shot in the chest and both thighs by a man who chased him down 18th Street.

In the March 11 case, Riley is charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and first-degree witness intimidation.

In the Sept. 26 case, he was indicted on charges of first- and second-degree assault and second-degree weapons possession.

There is a co-defendant in the Sept. 26 shooting: Dyrek E. Hall, 19, of 21st Street, Niagara Falls, who pleaded not guilty March 4. It’s one of four gun-related incidents for which Hall is under indictment.

Sheldon denied bail for Riley, who was wanted on a bench warrant after failing to show up for a scheduled April 4 trial on three counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling cocaine Jan. 12, 16 and 23, 2015, in the Falls. Sheldon rescheduled that trial for May 2.