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Cheektowaga shooting victim dies; neighbor charged

The man who was shot Friday evening in the driveway of a home on Woodell Avenue in Cheektowaga has died, town police reported, and his downstairs neighbor is accused of killing him.

Joseph Lawrence Jr., 54, of 143 Woodell Ave., was shot once in the stomach. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he died during surgery.

Thomas Szczesniak, 53, of the lower apartment at 143 Woodell was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

He was arraigned today in Cheektowaga Town Court before Judge Timothy Dwan.