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December 27, 2012

Shotgun blast brings charges

Tonawanda News — A Lockport man faces six felony charges and a city woman was also arrested in connection to a Christmas night incident during which a round from a shotgun was fired into a neighboring house.

Felony charges have been levied against Kenneth W. Houghton Jr., 31, 6 Walnut St., who police accuse of firing a 12-gauge shotgun during what they believe was a drug-related interaction, possibly in the form of a rip-off.

Charges filed against Houghton include third-degree criminal mischief, first-degree reckless endangerment, criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree, criminal use of a firearm in the first degree, fourth-degree conspiracy and second-degree assault. He has also been charged with menacing in the second degree, a misdemeanor.

Lockport police responded to the 100 block of Genesee Street at around 10 p.m. to investigate a report of a loud bang, possibly a gun shot.

An investigation found that the building at 107 Genesee St. had been struck by what appeared to be a large caliber slug which penetrated the exterior porch wall, through a door and into an interior room where it stopped in the exterior wall on the west side of the house. A slug was recovered just under the exterior siding.

According to Detective Lt. Scott Seekins, police determined the shot came from the area of 119 Genesee St. Officers could see three people inside 119 Genesee who initially refused to answer the door or to come outside. As a result, police established a secure perimeter with the assistance of Niagara County Sheriff’s deputies and State Police.

Police found an unattended single-shot 12-gauge shotgun in an open rear porch at 119 Genesee St. and secured it. After a lengthy phone call to the occupants they all came out without incident.

Police interviewed the trio and witnesses and eventually determined that the shot was fired from the recovered gun was fired by Houghton, who was one of the three people inside 199 Genesee.

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