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Police say accused Dollar General shooter did not violate SAFE Act

The Cheektowaga man accused in the Nov. 14 shooting spree outside a Dollar General will not face any charges under the state's tough gun-control law, according to Cheektowaga police.

Travis J. Green legally owned the two AR-15 rifles found at the scene outside the Cheektowaga discount store and Green's high-powered firearms did not violate the NY SAFE Act, Assistant Cheektowaga Police Chief James Speyer said Monday.

"There will be no charges" for the weapons, Speyer told The Buffalo News.

The gun Green is accused of firing that day was a pump-action AR-15.

"Apparently, that's not illegal," Speyer said.

Travis J. Green, 29, is hugged by his mother during an appearance in Cheektowaga Town Court. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

In the days after the shooting, Cheektowaga police initially said the two guns "at first glance" did not appear to comply with the law passed in 2013 in the wake of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The other rifle had a side grip that police thought may be illegal. Green also had high-capacity magazines authorities said may have been prohibited under law.

Green, 29, is accused of firing about 20 shots outside the Dollar General on the afternoon of Nov. 14, both at the store and into the air. One of the shots struck a 53-year-old Dollar General customer in the shoulder. The victim was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center.

Green also is accused of wearing body armor during the attack. Police found at the scene more than 850 unspent rounds of ammunition at the scene. One bystander tried hitting Green with his car, a move police said helped stop the gunfire and prevented further bloodshed.

Green, who was captured by police after he ran from the scene, faces a number of charges, including attempted murder, assault, criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment, unlawful wearing of body armor and resisting arrest.

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