Man who fatally fired into group of teens convicted of second degree murder

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — In the second day of deliberations, a jury has found a Buffalo man who fired bullets into a group of teens guilty of second degree murder.

The defense behind Joseph Gant attempted to sell the jury a picture of a person who fired his weapon to save his own life. But prosecution convinced the jury otherwise.

The jury found Joseph Gant, 29, guilty of second degree murder, three counts of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon. When Gant fired his weapon outside the Kenfield-Langfield housing complex, he hit and killed 14-year-old Raymond Floyd Patterson III and wounded three others.

“Four teenage boys were running for their lives,” Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said. “Three made it. One did not.”

Sedita said Gant fired ten rounds from a semi-automatic pistol into a crowd of people who were just fleeing from him.

Gant is set to be sentenced to the crimes on July 27. 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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