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MAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY IN CLUB SHOOTING

An ousted member of the Kingsmen motorcycle club pleaded not guilty Tuesday in the shooting a club member during a quarrel outside the group's clubhouse, police said.

"There were bullets flying all over the place -- a lot of chaos and people running around," Detective Capt. Ernest C. Palmer said, describing the scene on Cudaback Avenue just before 9 p.m. Monday.

Arthur J. Gromoll, 50, of Orchard Parkway, and Joseph D. Elmer, 43, of Robie Avenue, Buffalo, were each charged Monday with first-degree assault and first-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies.

Bail was set at $25,000 for Gromoll, and he will appear Friday in Niagara Falls City Court for a pretrial hearing.

Gromoll and Steven W. Lucore, of Walnut Avenue, who were dismissed from the club about a month ago, went to the house Monday night to pick up a motorcycle owned by Gromoll, according to police records.

Police were called at 8:42 p.m., when neighbors heard at least six rounds fired, and again soon after for "two men down," Palmer said.

The situation turned violent when Gromoll began quarreling with club members over being dismissed from the club and pulled out a .44-caliber handgun, Steven Lester, president of the Kingsmen chapter, told detectives.

Lucore, who was next to Gromoll in an alley near the house, pulled out a knife, police said.

Lester grabbed Gromoll's wrist when he saw the gun but was unable to take it away and went into the house, he said, and Elmer was shot in the arm moments later.

"I was in the doorway of the club when I saw a man I know as Art point a handgun," Elmer told detectives.

He said he heard at least one shot before he was hit in the arm by gunfire from of a .44-caliber Magnum.

Elmer was charged with shooting Lucore in the stomach with a sawed-off shotgun, Palmer said.

Lucore was placed in the intensive care unit of Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where both men were taken after initially being brought to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Palmer said he is hoping to set up an arraignment for Elmer, who is awaiting surgery, in his hospital room.

The clubhouse is not commonly a nuisance, and neighbors have said they have had no problem with the group, Palmer said.

"They are fringe members of society, but they don't normally cross the line," Palmer said. "There's a certain bravado, including possession of weapons."

After Monday's shootings, the sawed-off shotgun used in one of the shootings was hidden in a bed on the clubhouse's second floor, where the 9-year-old daughter of a member had been during the incident, according to police records.

When a club member went to retrieve it for police, it accidentally went off but did not hurt anyone. The father of the girl was not responsible for the shootings and is not being charged with endangering her welfare, Palmer said.

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