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Buffalo man arraigned in shooting of 3-year-old and teenager

A Buffalo man was arraigned Tuesday in the May 12 shooting of a 3-year-old boy who was riding his tricycle near his grandfather’s Fennimore Avenue house when a bullet apparently intended for a 14-year-old boy struck him in the chest.

The 14-year-old also was wounded.

Angelo Pulliam, who was 18 at the time of the shooting but is now 19, pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted murder in the teenager’s shooting, two counts of first-degree assault in the shooting of both victims and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

One of the weapon charges was for the .40-caliber pistol used in the shooting and the other was for a defaced loaded gun that prosecutors said police found in Pulliam’s house on Thornton Avenue when they arrested him June 1.

State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller ordered Pulliam held without bail on the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney John Patrick Feroleto.

The prosecutor told the judge that two people have identified Pulliam as the shooter and that two of the four other witnesses said Pulliam admitted he shot the boys.

Feroleto added that after the shooting, the defendant fled to Erie, Pa., where he also has family. While there, he allegedly obtained the second weapon, which was not used in the shooting.

The attempted murder and assault charges carry maximum prison terms of up to 25 years upon conviction.

Pulliam’s assigned attorney, Brian Parker, told the judge he reserved the right to seek bail for his client later.

Jamal Sanders, the 14-year-old victim, suffered bullet wounds to the neck, back and leg during the shooting, which happened at about 8:25 p.m. May 12 in the city’s Bailey-Kensington section.

Why Jamal, who lives about a mile away from where he was shot, was targeted was not disclosed.

Both Jamal and the 3-year-old, who was shot in the chest, were hospitalized in critical condition but recovered and were eventually released, prosecutors said.

Police said the shooter fired a number of bullets, with a stray bullet striking the 3-year-old who was riding his tricycle on the sidewalk. The 3-year-old’s name has not been released.

Jamal was on the sidewalk with some friends about two houses down from the 3-year-old when he was wounded, according to authorities. The shooter was about five houses down near a vacant house.

Before the shooting, a vehicle dropped him off on Davidson Avenue, which runs parallel to Fennimore, and he cut through yards to Fennimore, authorities said. After the shooting, he returned to the vehicle, which took off.

Investigators recovered several shell casings from the shooting scene.