Dunkirk police today were searching for the gunman shot a man in the leg just before 4 p.m. Thursday on the 600 block of Main Street.

The victim was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital.

At about 8:20 p.m., police executed a search warrant at a residence on the 500 block of Leopard Street.

Warrants were issued for Brandon C. Washington, 27, of Dunkirk. He faces charges of second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was described as a black male, 5 feet 8 inches, and weighing 217 pounds. He may be operating a red 2003 Ford Expedition with the New York license plate FJY-8504.

Police said he should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts or the incident is asked to call Dunkirk police at 366-2266 or the top line at 363-0313.