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‘Person of interest’ in Lockport gunfire arraigned on burglary charges

LOCKPORT – A man who was wanted for questioning in connection with gun incidents in the City of Lockport was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court on an indictment charging him with a home invasion and a burglary in the Town of Lockport.

Shamir W. Allen, 19, was picked up Wednesday by U.S. marshals in Rochester, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said. In court Thursday, Allen said he lived in Charlotte, N.C.

However, he listed an address on Washburn Street in Lockport in March 2013, when police charged him with assaulting a woman on Willow Street in Lockport.

Lockport Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said Allen is still a “person of interest” in connection with the shootings.

County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set bail for Allen at $200,000 and scheduled his next court date for Oct. 23.

Eggert said he hopes the high bail may reassure witnesses that it would be safe to tell police what they might know.

Hoffmann requested the $200,000 bail because of Allen’s out-of-town ties, even though he has no prior criminal convictions. Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer made no counter-argument, because he’s not 100 percent certain Allen will be represented by the Public Defender’s Office.

Privateer said that because of Allen’s age, he wants to talk to members of his family before taking the case.

Hoffmann said Allen is accused of pistol-whipping the male resident of an apartment on Dysinger Road on March 4, leaving the victim with a gash in his head. The prosecutor said Allen was allegedly accompanied by others in that home invasion, but they have not been caught.

The indictment also accused Allen of a break-in April 29 at a home on Day Road.