Persons of interest in shooting that injured 4, including child, arraigned on gun, drug charges in Cheektowaga


CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) — Two persons of interest in the shooting on Donovan Drive that injured four people, including a three-year-old boy, have been arraigned on gun and drug charges.

Dequan Richardson, 22, who was arrested by Buffalo police officers in Cheektowaga, has been accused of the following crimes:

  • criminal possession of a weapon (second degree)
  • criminal possession of a firearm
  • criminal use of drug paraphernalia (second degree, two counts)
  • criminal possession of a controlled substance (third and fourth degree)

Jonay Robinson, 25, who lives with Richardson and is also a person of interest in the Donovan Drive shooting incident, faces the same charges.

In their Slate Creek Drive apartment, prosecutors say they found an illegal pistol, an illegal rifle, cocaine, a scale and diluents. Officials say that because of the cocaine and materials, Robinson and Richardson were also accused of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell it.

Robinson and Richardson are being held on $175,000 bail. They’ll be back in court next week for a felony hearing.

If convicted, each person could spend up to 15 years in prison.

Late Monday night, four people were shot on Donovan Drive. According to police, a large group was gathered outside in the courtyard area watching fireworks when the shooting began.

Nearly 40 shots were fired, Erie County District Attorney John Flynn says.

MORE | 3-year-old in critical condition, three others injured in Donovan Drive shooting

As of Tuesday, two of the adult victims, who were identified as 27 and 28-year-old Buffalo men, were in stable condition at ECMC. The three-year-old child is on life support at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Flynn says the boy was on a small bicycle when he was shot in the head.

After those victims arrived at the hospitals, police say a fourth victim arrived at ECMC in a civilian vehicle. This 28-year-old Buffalo man had been grazed in the foot by gunfire. He’s since been treated and released.

Buffalo is seeing a very violent year. Over the holiday weekend, 14 people were hurt in 10 separate shootings.

MORE | 14 people shot in Buffalo over holiday weekend

Evan Anstey is a digital content producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2015. See more of his work here.

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