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NIAGARA FALLS – The man charged with the drive-by shooting of a 2-year-old girl in November appeared in City Court today on unrelated misdemeanor charges, and learned he was indicted late last week by a Niagara County grand jury on the more serious shooting-related charges.

The felony shooting case will be moved to Niagara County Court.

Willie Scott Jr., 32, of LaSalle Avenue, was named as a suspect shortly after the Nov. 27 shooting in front of the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue. He is accused of opening fire on a vehicle and striking the child in the face. No one else was wounded in the shooting, but a man who was inside the vehicle with the girl was the likely target, police have said.

Scott turned himself into police last Wednesday and is charged with first-degree assault and second-degree criminal use of a firearm. He remains in Niagara County Jail without bail.

Both Scott’s family and the family of the little girl were in court today.

The girl’s mother was inside the Hometown Market when her daughter was shot. The told The Buffalo News today that her daughter was released from Women & Children’s Hospital shortly before Christmas and continues to recover.

Doctors removed a bullet near the toddler’s right cheek, as well as a bullet fragment on the left side of her face, a family spokesman has said.

Scott appeared in City Court today on warrants, which included charges of bail jumping, fifth-degree unlawful possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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