Man accused fatally shooting teen, injuring three others faces judge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A Buffalo man who opened fire on four teenagers, fatally shooting on, appeared in court Wednesday afternoon to be arraigned on murder charges.

Earlier this month, prosecutors say Joseph Gant opened fire on the teens at the footbridge on Oakmont Avenue in Buffalo, which goes over Rt. 33 near Roosevelt Park. That is in the Langfield Homes on the city’s east side.

Ray Floyd Patterson III, 14, was killed by the gunfire and three other teens were wounded. Police say the community stepped up and came forward to help identify Gant as the shooter.

Police say Gant was “refereeing” a fight between two girls when he got into a fight with someone else and opened fire.

The 28-year-old is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder, three counts of second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

If convicted, he could face a maximum prison sentence of 100 years to life. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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