November 24, 2022

Buffalo, 20, pleads guilty to attempted murder in Hopkins Street shooting

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) — A Buffalo man could spend 40 years behind bars after pleading guilty to attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon in separate incidents.

David J. Smith, 20, of Buffalo, was arrested March 24, 2022 at approximately 6:35 p.m. by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers for driving in the wrong direction on Peace Place near the Lane Bridge. peace.

While speaking with Smith, Border Patrol agents spotted a handgun in plain sight on the floor of the driver’s side backseat, according to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators recovered the loaded illegal weapon.

On March 25, Smith was arraigned in Buffalo District Court for second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He posted $10,000 bail and was released.

On May 31, the 20-year-old fired multiple shots at a store on the 300 block of Hopkins Street in Buffalo around 8:11 a.m. with the intent to kill his target, the prosecutor’s office said.

The victim was rushed to Erie County Medical Center for leg and foot treatment.

Smith was later arrested.

On June 2, he was indicted on one count of attempted second-degree murder, one count of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Smith pleaded guilty to the higher counts in the indictment against him. He admitted the charge of attempted murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

The 20-year-old will be back before a judge for sentencing on January 5 at 9:30 a.m.

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