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Man paralyzed in double-shooting in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a double-shooting outside a Highland Avenue tavern early Saturday that police said left one man paralyzed from the neck down.

Niagara Falls officers responded to the 3100 block of Highland Avenue just after 3 a.m. to investigate reports that a man had been shot and then run over by a vehicle. They encountered two people helping a man lying in the middle of the road, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. A witness told police that she was inside the nearby tavern when she heard what sounded like three gunshots, ran outside and saw the victim on the ground.

Willie E. Lightfoot, 38, of Niagara Avenue, was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where initial reports said that he was paralyzed from the neck down. No further information was available on Lightfoot's injuries.

While police were investigating at the hospital, they learned that another victim from the same shooting had shown up at Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston.

Charles A. Woods, 37, of Cudaback Avenue, was being treated for gunshot wounds to his leg and buttocks, police said.

Police were said to be searching for a red Ford Fusion or similar vehicle that may have been involved.

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