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Buffalo man found guilty for attempted murder, facing 40 years in prison

A Buffalo man faces 40 years in prison after being found guilty of second-degree attempted murder Monday.

After the seven-day trial, Sandro Tirado, 39, was also convicted of first-degree criminal use of a weapon, first-degree assault, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

According to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Tirado entered the home of Davina Vazquez, 39, and attempted to shoot her boyfriend. However, the gun did not fire. When Vazquez tried to defend her boyfriend, Tirado shot her in the right arm, and then the face. Vazquez survived the shooting, but still has a .22 caliber bullet lodged next to her spine. Her four-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting.

A few weeks before the shooting, Buffalo Police Narcotics Detectives raided Tirado’s room, finding cocaine. Police also saw him throw a .40 caliber pistol from the second-floor window.

Tirado will be sentenced in front of Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk on July 27 at 2 p.m.

Homicide detectives Daniel Redmond, Christopher Sterlace and Reginald Minor investigated the case, the district attorney’s office said.