TOWN OF LOCKPORT – About a dozen people fled the Santa Claus Christmas Cottage Saturday afternoon after a gun was discharged inside the Day Road park facility.

Niagara County sheriff’s deputies dispatched to the scene off East Avenue about 12:20 p.m. said about a dozen people – adults and children – fled the building when they heard the gunshots.

The shooter was identified as a 30-year-old Middleport man who told authorities he ”accidentally" discharged his gun. An investigtion is under way and, as yet, no charges have been filed, deputies said.