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CAR RIDER SHOUTS RACIAL EPITHETS AND FIRES SHOTS

A car passenger shouted racial epithets at pedestrians on Genesee Street Tuesday night and then fired at least two shots in their direction, police said today.

No one was injured, but several people ran for cover when the man started firing from a moving car on Genesee near Jefferson Avenue just after 8 p.m., residents told police.

"He reached his hand out of the passenger side window and put the gun up over the roof and fired at me," Bobby McGee of William Street told police.

McGee and others scattered and alerted police.

After a short search, Officers Annette Campbell and Zrinell Webster spotted two men who fit the descriptions given by the pedestrians and arrested the men.

Police charged Harlan T. Locking, 39, of 25 Thorndale Ave., West Seneca, with first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. A loaded .22-caliber automatic pistol was recovered by police.

The man suspected of driving the car, Douglas F. Janicki, 38, of Brookhill Pines, Rushford, was charged with second-degree aggravated harassment, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and driving while intoxicated.

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