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Buffalo man accused of killing 14-year-old faces additional charges

A Buffalo man charged earlier this month in the fatal shooting of a 14-year-old boy and the wounding of three other teenagers during a fight at an East Side housing project now faces additional charges.

Joseph P. Gant, 28, of Marigold Street, originally was charged with a single count of second-degree murder and three counts of first-degree assault in the Aug. 12 shootings on Oakmont Street.

But an indictment now charges him with three additional counts of attempted murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

It also charges him with two counts of murder and three counts of second-degree assault.

Gant was arrested shortly after the shootings. Police said he was refereeing a fight between two girls at the Kenfield-Langfield public housing complex on Buffalo’s East Side and keeping others from interfering in the fight when another individual challenged his authority. Gant punched that person in the face, and the two began fighting, police said. Gant then pulled out a handgun and started shooting randomly as a crowd of about 40 scattered, authorities said.

Raymond Floyd Patterson III, 14, was killed on a footbridge over the Kensington Expressway linking the housing complex to Roosevelt Park as he tried to flee. Patterson and the three wounded youths were all bystanders, police said.

Gant, who is being held without bail, will be arraigned on the indictment later today before Erie County Judge Michael L. D’Amico.