Atwood Place shooter arraigned in Cheektowaga Court

Buffalo and Cheektowaga Police search for evidence at a shooting scene at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Buffalo and Cheektowaga Police search for evidence at a shooting scene at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – A man was found shot and taken to the hospital after police responded to the city line area to investigate a “shots fired” call early Thursday morning.

The shooting happened around 12:40 a.m. in front of 30 Atwood Place, right at the corner of Atwood and Barbara Places.

Cheektowaga Police secure the scene of a shooting at Atwood and Barbara Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police secure the scene of a shooting at Atwood and Barbara Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Cheektowaga Police initially responded to the scene to investigate a report of shots fired and within minutes of arriving on scene chased a subject and brought them into custody one block over on Erb Street in the City of Buffalo according to a law enforcement source.

Cheektowaga Assistant Chief of Police Jim Speyer tells Cheektowaga Chronicle Roquan D. Williams, 17, of Buffalo, was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder in the 2nd Degree and Assault in the 1st Degree.

Mr. Williams appeared before Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski Thursday morning, shirtless and holding his pants up with his cuffed hands.

 

Mug shot of Roquan D. Williams. (CPD)
Mug shot of Roquan D. Williams. (CPD)

A public defender asked if Mr. Williams’ arraignment could be held in Judge Piotrowski’s chambers due to his age.  Judge Piotrowski denied the request citing the “heinous” nature of the charges.  Bail was set at $100K cash or $300K bond.  The District Attorney’s Office asked for two separate “Stay Away” Orders of Protection for the victims.  The Judge granted the request.

 

Family members did not want to talk to Cheektowaga Chronicle outside of the courtroom after the arraignment.

American Medical Response workers load a patient into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
American Medical Response workers load a patient into an ambulance at the scene of a shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Police discovered a 20-year-old man on the front porch of 30 Atwood suffering from a gunshot wound while officers began to secure the scene and interview witnesses.

A neighbor who asked not to be identified described the scene.  “I was standing at my front door, and I heard the shots.  Then I saw a guy run through the next door lot.  I closed the curtains, locked the door and sat on the floor waiting for the police to show up.”

It appeared to Cheektowaga Chronicle that the man was alert and talking but suffered a right upper body injury.  An ambulance took the man to Erie County Medical Center for the treatment of non-life-threatening injuries according to Speyer.

Cheektowaga Police at the scene of an overnight shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Cheektowaga Police at the scene of an overnight shooting at Barbara and Atwood Place on June 22, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

Several evidence cones marked the location of the casings in the street. Pine Hill firefighters assisted police at East End and Lang Avenues around 2:30 a.m.  A ladder was needed to allow a police officer to search for evidence on top of a semi-trailer and a nearby roof.

Officers from the Buffalo Police Department assisted Cheektowaga.

The Cheektowaga Chronicle does not normally identify subjects charged with a crime who are under the age of 18-years-old.  The subject was named in this case due to the nature of the crimes committed.