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Man shot in Niagara Falls drives himself to police headquarters

You don't usually see crime scene tape set up in front of a police department's headquarters.

But that happened in Niagara Falls early Friday morning after a 24-year-old man shot while sitting in a vehicle near Pine Avenue and 16th Street drove himself to the municipal complex at 1925 Main St.

An ambulance took the Niagara Falls man to an area hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening wounds, Niagara Falls Police Detective Lt. John Conti said.

The man, who was shot at 3:24 a.m. and whose name was not released, was on the phone with the police as he drove away from the scene, so personnel at headquarters knew he was coming, Conti said. The shots came from inside another vehicle, he said.

Police said they aren't sure why the man chose to drive to police headquarters.

It was one of several instances of gunfire in the Falls in recent days.

At about 10 p.m. Thursday, shots were fired into a home on 22nd Street between Michigan and Linwood avenues. No injuries were reported, police said.

About 20 hours before that, around 2 a.m. Thursday, somebody fired a gun into a home on Ontario Avenue between Hyde Park Boulevard and 24th Street, according to a police report. No injuries were reported in that case.

There were reports of Falls residents hearing gunshots at about 10 p.m. Wednesday in the vicinity of Whirlpool Street and Spruce Avenue, but police did not find evidence anyone or anything was struck, Conti said.

At about 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, a bullet struck a home on Whitney Avenue between 15th and 17th streets, according to a police report. A witness told police he heard an argument outside among a group of men and saw a man fire three shots towards the other three individuals, according to the report. Several people were inside the home when the shot came through a window.

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