An alert Buffalo police lieutenant late Thursday night arrested a man charged with attempted murder in connection with one of five shootings in the city over a violent two-day period in August.
Lt. Gregory Kwiatkowski was responding to a 911 call about trespassing and drug activity on Birch Place, off East Delavan Avenue, late Thursday night when he noticed a vehicle belonging to the attempted-murder suspect.
The suspect, Marcel D. Worthy, 25, was behind the wheel. Police took him into custody at about 10:30 p.m. and charged him with attempted murder in the Aug. 11 shooting of David Williams, 19, of Colvin Avenue.
"As Commissioner [H. McCarthy] Gipson has said over and over, there's nothing like boots on the ground," police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said of the arrest. "There's no substitute for the eyes, ears and reactions of a police officer."
Worthy is accused of pointing a handgun out the window of an SUV with tinted windows and firing several shots at Williams on Goodyear Avenue on the night of Aug. 11.
Williams, who was struck in the nose and beneath his right eye, was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released, according to police reports.
That shooting was one of five Aug. 10 and 11, and one of 10 over the four-day period ending Aug. 13. Three of those 10 shootings proved to be fatal.
Williams, the victim in the Aug. 11 shooting, had an event-filled day in the criminal-justice system Thursday -- as both victim and suspect.
When police arrested the man accused of trying to kill him in August, Williams already was in jail, one of five people charged with six felonies each from a home invasion late Thursday morning on Peck Street.