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Falls man arraigned in double shooting

LOCKPORT – Shannon L. Lightfoot, 27, of Main Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty Thursday to an indictment accusing him of shooting two men May 30 in the Falls.

Lightfoot is charged with two counts each of attempted second-degree murder and first-degree assault in connection with the shootings in the 1900 block of Niagara Street. Falls police previously had charged Lightfoot with first-degree reckless endangerment for allegedly shooting a man in the buttocks May 18 outside the Highland Deli on Highland Avenue, an incident that may have resulted from a traffic incident. However, Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said that is not included in the indictment entered Thursday.

In the Niagara Street case, Hoffmann said, police recovered 25 spent shell casings. “It is believed Mr. Lightfoot had an assault weapon,” the prosecutor said. One of the victims was hospitalized for several days, while the other was treated and discharged from a hospital.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered Lightfoot held without bail pending a pretrial conference Aug. 27 and a trial Nov. 30. Lightfoot is the brother of Carl N. Lightfoot, 34, who is under indictment for allegedly trying to shoot a Falls detective Feb. 4.