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TEEN CHARGED IN SHOOTING ON WEST SIDE IN 1996

A Lower West Side teen-ager was charged with attempted murder Thursday in the 1996 West Delavan Avenue shooting of Scott Jirdon, authorities said.

Oscar Romero, 17, of Verdi Walk allegedly shot Jirdon five times in the chest, abdomen, groin and buttocks, according to homicide Detective Charles Aronica and prosecutors in the Erie County district attorney's office.

Julio Cumba brought two men to Buffalo last year from Puerto Rico to try to kill Jirdon, his brother-in-law, investigators said. Cumba, 27, and Angel Cordero Vasquez, 22, formerly of 232 W. Delavan, were found guilty in June on charges of first-degree assault in the shooting.

Jirdon on Thursday positively identified Romero as the third person involved in the attack, Aronica said.

Cumba had lured Jirdon out of his flat at 225 W. Delavan for the shooting, while Cumba's sister, Johanna Cumba Jirdon, the victim's wife, watched in horror from a window, prosecutors said.

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