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Shots fired in two Lockport incidents; two people injured

By Nancy A. Fischer and Thomas J. Prohaska


LOCKPORT – There were two shooting incidents in the City of Lockport Friday, but Police Chief Lawrence M. Eggert said police don’t know if the two were related.

Two people were shot in front of 182 N. Transit St. shortly after 2 a.m. Friday, police reported. A man and a woman were treated and released from Eastern Niagara Hospital.

“He was pretty lucky,” Eggert said of the man who appeared to be the main target in the shooting.

He said the man and woman were sitting in car when a gunman walked up to the car and shot the man, also injuring the woman who was with him.

In the second incident, which happened around noon, Eggert said a man got out of a vehicle on Washington Street and fired at a person, missing the apparent target.

“The bullets wound up in a house,” Eggert said. No one was hurt.

The chief said the police are doing the best they can, but they aren’t receiving much help from those involved.

“There isn’t a lot of cooperation from all the people being shot at,” Eggert said. “It’s kind of frustrating, because both shootings were in a residential area.”

Another shooting in mid-March, just a few blocks away at Washburn Street and Works Place remains unsolved. In fact, the person who was shot in the Washburn Street incident, Maria A. Parete, is headed for prison herself after pleading guilty to violating the terms of her probation in a 2013 home invasion case. Eggert said at this point, Friday’s two shootings appear to be unrelated to the Parete case.

Police asked anyone with information regarding these shootings to call the confidential tipline at 439-6707 or Detective Capt. Brian W. Wentland at 439-6666.