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Two Black Rock brothers charged in two shootings

Two brothers described as “a menace” to Black Rock have been charged with felony crimes for two shootings that took place in November and January, Buffalo police said.

Detectives also solved a third shooting, involving another gunman, police added.

Brandon J. Frontuto, 21, is accused of a shooting at a repair garage on the 400 block of Hinman Avenue Nov. 13.

“During the robbery attempt, he shot the mechanic employed at the garage,” said Capt. Joseph A. Gramaglia of the homicide squad.

Homicide Detectives Scott Malec and Mark White arrested Frontuto on Tuesday.

The mechanic suffered a bullet wound to the leg and survived.

Jeremy D. Frontuto, 25, was arrested Wednesday and charged with a a shooting that occurred near railroad tracks in the vicinity of Kail and Austin streets in Black Rock on Jan. 17.

Officers Lance Woods and Kelly Craig took him into custody after detectives Malec and White issued a request for his arrest. The 25-year-old is accused of shooting a man in the leg, who also survived. The motive is being withheld.

“For years, the Frontuto brothers have been very well known to the Northwest patrol officers,” Gramaglia said. “It’s good for that area to see them taken off the streets by the hard work of patrol officers and homicide detectives working with the district attorney’s office.”

Brandon Frontuto is charged with first- and second-degree attempted murder, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and first-degree attempted robbery.

Jeremy Frontuto is accused of first degree assault.

In the third shooting, Drequan M. Vernon, 16, of Buffalo, recently pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault in an April 21, 2015, shooting at the Langfield housing project in the Northeast District.

Vernon was detained last September on a separate gun charge and late last month pleaded guilty to the 2015 shooting.

His victim survived.

Northeast District and Strike Force officers were aware that Vernon was wanted for questioning in the shooting.

The officers spotted him Sept. 9 and after a foot chase apprehended him.

At the time, he was in possession of a handgun and charged.

“Vernon’s arrest represents another example of how hard officers and detectives work in solving cases no matter how old they are,” Gramaglia said.

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