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Buffalo man charged in Sept. 27 double shooting

A 24-year-old Buffalo man has been indicted in the Sept. 27 shootings near Potomac and Parkdale avenues that left a man dead and a woman critically injured, Erie County District John J. Flynn announced Thursday.

Tong Rieang, 24, of Buffalo. (Photo provided by the Erie County District Attorney's Office)

Tong Rieang was arraigned before Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio on charges of second-degree murder, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, first-degree attempted robbery and two counts of first-degree robbery.

Prosecutors alleged that shortly after midnight Rieang tried to rob two people at gunpoint, shooting one of them in the chest. Authorities at the time identified the victim as a 32-year-old Buffalo woman. Rieang is then accused of running across the street and fatally shooting Deion Brown, 23, with a semi-automatic pistol, Flynn's office said in a statement.

Rieang pleaded not guilty and was remanded to jail without bail. He is scheduled to return to court on May 14.

If convicted, he faces a maximum of 25 years to life in prison.

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