A 17-year-old Gibson Street youth has been indicted on murder and attempted murder charges stemming from two shootings in August that left one man dead and a teen age girl paralyzed, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
Damone Lewis faces a maximum prison term of 50 years to life in prison if convicted. He remains in custody without bail.
Lewis is charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon for the Aug. 8 fatal shooting of Jeremy Thomas, the District Attorney’s Office said.
Thomas, 23, was shot in the head and chest and died of his wounds two weeks later in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo police said.
Thomas, the city’s 29th homicide victim of the year, was gunned down as he was walking in the second block of Sumner Place at about 5:20 p.m.
Witnesses told police he was shot by a black male riding a blue and white bike and wearing a white T-shirt and black shorts.
The grand jury also indicted Lewis on attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Aug. 30 shooting that paralyzed a 15-year-old Angelica Soto on Wood Street, the office said.
That shooting occurred at about 9:50 p.m. near the intersection of Walden and Wood avenues on the Far East Side.
The teenage victim was hit several times in the upper body, police said.
District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III credited Buffalo police Detective Brendan Kieffer and New York State Police Senior Investigator Kevin Kendall, both of whom serve on the U.S. Marshall’s Service Violent Fugitive Task Force, for apprehending Lewis.