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Dollar General shooting suspect ordered held without bail

An Erie County judge agreed with the prosecution on Wednesday that accused Dollar General shooter Travis J. Green should be kept in jail without bail, at least for now.

Green, 29, of Cheektowaga was before Judge Sheila A. DiTullio for arraignment on felony charges of attempted murder, attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment. He pleaded not guilty.

In asking that Green be remain in custody, Assistant District Attorney Ryan Haggerty described how Green allegedly wound up firing numerous shots from a rifle into a Cheektowaga discount store on Nov. 14, hitting and wounding one customer, John Schaefer, in the process.

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The customer saw Green arguing with a woman outside the Dollar General store on Gardenville Parkway West, near Union Road, and hitting her, Haggerty said. Concerned, the man was calling 911 to report the alleged assault when Green confronted him and punched him in the face. Green then allegedly retrieved a rifle from his car and began shooting at the customer, who fled into the entryway of the story, Haggerty said.

The victim was hit in the shoulder, and other bullets went through the storefront, with one bullet going through a cash register.

Haggerty said that, in addition to testimony from witnesses on the scene – including two bystanders who saw Green and pursued him, assisting in his capture – much of the incident was captured by surveillance cameras.

Green's attorney, Paul Dell, pointed out that Green has no criminal record and is a father and husband, and asked for a reasonable bail. His request was denied, and as the attorneys and judge conferred on scheduling their next court date, Green's mother, who was in court for the proceedings, got up to leave and called out, "Never get married again, Travis."

Green returns to court March 28 for an evidentiary hearing.

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