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Alleged Packard Court shooter charged with gun theft in burglary

LOCKPORT – A former resident of Building 18 at the Packard Court housing complex in Niagara Falls, who was arraigned last month on charges of shooting holes in the front and back doors of another apartment in that building, pleaded not guilty in State Supreme Court Monday to a new indictment charging him with stealing guns and credit cards in a burglary at a different apartment in the same building.

Tyquell J. Smith, 19, is charged with second-degree burglary, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in connection with the May 4 break-in. Assistant District Attorney Kevin D. Canali said Smith allegedly was found with a different stolen gun in his possession when he was arrested in connection with the burglary.

On Oct. 9, Smith pleaded not guilty to first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree criminal mischief, stemming from the March 18 shooting incident.

Canali said Smith has other charges pending in Niagara Falls City Court resulting from a burglary and fight that occurred in August. Smith remains free on $2,500 bail set by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.