A Riverside man has been indicted in the shooting of an innocent bystander last month outside an Allentown bar.
Deverick Petty, 20, of Isabelle Street, is charged with two counts of first-degree assault, one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of fourth-degree criminal solicitation in the June 26 shooting, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.
The indictment alleges that at about 2:30 a.m., Petty fired a .45-caliber revolver at a man outside the Buckingham Apartment building at 87 Mariner St. and that a stray bullet hit an innocent victim standing outside the Old Pink bar across the street at Mariner and Allen Street.
The 30-year-old victim was critically injured and was taken to Erie County Medical Center.
The intended target was talking to his girlfriend outside the apartment building when the shots were fired, police said.
At the time of the shooting, police said they believed it stemmed from a domestic argument.
Sedita said Buffalo City Court Judge E. Jeannette Ogden reduced that original charges against Petty after his arrest, but the grand jury restored the charges and added the criminal solicitation charge.
That charge accuses Petty of soliciting a witness to lie about what happened if she testified before the grand jury.
Sedita said apparent associates of Petty also attempted to intimidate witnesses both inside and outside the courtroom while the matter was pending in City Court.
Ogden held a felony hearing in the case July 3 and ordered Petty held for the grand jury on $50,000 bail.
Petty will be arraigned on the indictment next Monday before State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.
He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, Sedita said.