BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Buffalo man has been indicted for his alleged role in a shooting at Club Marcella in Buffalo that killed one person and injured two, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.
Sharief McBroom, 20, was charged with one count of second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
McBroom was arrested Friday in South Buffalo on a warrant for a sealed indictment after a search that lasted around a month.
Officials say at around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, it is alleged McBroom intentionally fired multiple shots at 21-year-old Jorge Garcia Leon at the Michigan Avenue nightclub. Leon died at the scene.
Two other people were injured by gunfire and transported by ambulance to ECMC.
According to Erie County DA John Flynn, the shooting allegedly stemmed from a flirting incident that led to words being exchanged between two groups and a fistfight breaking out. After security escorted the two separate groups out towards the same exit, McBroom allegedly saw one of the individuals who he was fighting with moments prior and then fired shots at him before fleeing.
Flynn went on to question Club Marcella’s security measures, as he said McBroom allegedly was allowed to walk into the nightclub with the gun that he later used in the shooting, potentially two separate times.
“I’m not too impressed with their security methods, put it that way,” Flynn said. “You walk in with a gun with poor security measures. That’s the short answer to that question. Like I said, I’m not impressed with their security measures. The tune changed on the initial thought on how the gun involved in the shooting got in there by further investigation.”
Flynn also says it is alleged that two guns entered Club Marcella that night: one through the front door and another through an exterior fence near an enclosed patio area. His office believes the gun used in the shooting was not the gun passed over the fense.
News 4 received an off camera tour of the facility. Club Marcella says all patrons receive two pat downs: once as they enter the building and another inside after they pass through a metal detector. Club Marcella says McBroom entered the facility twice that night and went through two pat downs and the metal detector both times.
The New York State Liquor Authority does not require security officers, cameras or metal detectors for operation.
We remain committed to working with the Buffalo Police Department and the District Attorneys office on this matter. We are very grateful to the Buffalo Police Department and the U.S. Marshals for capturing Mr. McBroom. While we very much respect the D.A. and his office, we respectfully disagree regarding his assessment of our security staff, who we believe did a phenomenal job that night, one of whom was shot that night. We wish him well and a continued recovery.Michael Slyer, Club Marcella Chief Financial Officer
McBroom faces a maximum of 50 years to life in prison if convicted of the highest charge. He is being held without bail and returns to court April 18.
Club Marcella says it is open this weekend.
In February, a 17-year-old was arrested for his alleged role in connection to the shooting. Officials said the teen allegedly brought the gun to Club Marcella that McBroom used in the shooting. However, Flynn said Friday that he now believes the 17-year-old had his own gun on his person during the incident, while McBroom also had his own weapon that he used in the shooting.
Flynn said that there is now conflicting evidence in relation to some of the 17-year-old’s actions on the night of the shooting, and he will “most likely” be adjusting his charges.
You can watch Flynn’s full press conference on McBroom’s indictment below.
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