A Niagara Falls man wanted in the shooting of a 2-year-old girl in late November turned himself in to police Wednesday and is being held without bail in the Niagara County Jail.
Willie R. Scott Jr., 32, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal use of a firearm.
The child was in the car with her mother’s friend Nov. 27 in front of the Hometown Market, on Pierce Avenue, when Scott allegedly opened fire on the vehicle, striking the child in the face, police said.
No one else was wounded in the shooting.
Police said the girl is recovering but did not release any other information on her current condition.
The girl’s mother, Sha’Ronda Platt, said her daughter was in the back seat of the car when she and a male friend stopped at the grocery store that November afternoon.
Platt said she went into the store for a short time and heard the shots. When she ran out, she found that her daughter was wounded.
She said she and her friend then drove the conscious but bleeding girl to the hospital.
Doctors removed a bullet near the toddler’s right cheek, as well as a bullet fragment on the left side of her face, according to a family spokesman, Pastor Duane Thomas of Praise Temple.
Platt said the bullet came close to but did not hit her daughter’s brain and did not cause any brain damage, though the girl will need facial reconstruction surgery.
Scott, who police said is known to them for drug-related offenses, also was wanted on outstanding warrants unrelated to the shooting.
He was remanded, and a return court date was set for Monday.