Buffalo Teen Charged in 4 Separate Shootings Killing Two

Buffalo Teen Charged in 4 Separate Shootings Killing Two


By Katie Gibas

A teenager authorities say is responsible for rash of violence in Buffalo could end up imprisoned for the rest of his life. A 19-charge indictment was handed down against Diamond Lewis in state Supreme Court Tuesday morning.

Diamond Lewis, 19, was indicted in four separate shootings during which eight people were shot, two of them fatally. He’s been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and six counts of second-degree attempted murder. The city police commissioner says he believes Lewis may be responsible for more violence in the city.

The violence stretches over a year and a half. The first shooting was in October 2014 when David Skipper Jr., 22, of Buffalo was shot and killed on Erb Street.

The second shooting was on June 6, 2015 on Warren Street in Buffalo. Five people were shot. Alonzo Scott, 18, of Buffalo was killed. Another man was paralyzed.

In two other incidents,teenage girls, an 18-year-old and 13-year-old girl were shot. Authorities say they were innocent bystanders. Police say there is an allegation Lewis was affiliated with a gang and these shootings may be related to that. Authorities arrested him in January and say he’s been on their radar for a while.

“This case is a real indication that one individual can be responsible for a great deal of crime in this city. In fact, this is the pattern we have seen, that the vast majority of violent crime is committed by very few individuals,” said Mayor Byron Brown.

Lewis pleaded not guilty and has been remanded without bail. If convicted, he faces 25 years to life on each murder count and 200 years in prison on the remaining charges, which also include assault and criminal weapon possession.