Two Buffalo Men Charged For Pearl Street Restaurant Driveby Shooting

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BUFFALO, NY – Two men have been charged for the drive-by shooting that resulted in the shooting of a 25-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man outside a Pearl Street restaurant in Buffalo.

On Saturdat, at approximately 2:04 a.m., the two suspects, while acting in concert with one another, intentionally fired multiple shots from an illegal weapon toward a moving vehicle outside of a restaurant on the 400 block of Pearl Street in the City of Buffalo.

“The alleged incident occurred after the defendants had exited the restaurant. Two illegal loaded handguns were recovered after the incident,” the Buffalo Police Department and Erie County Attorney General’s Office said. “One of the three people inside of the vehicle, a 25-year-old woman, was shot. Another victim, 23-year-old man who was on the opposite side of the street, was also injured by gunfire. Both victims were taken by ambulance to ECMC where they remain hospitalized with serious physical injuries.”

Buffalo Police officers who responded to the scene of the shooting arrested a third individual after he was found in possession of an illegal “ghost gun.” District Attorney Flynn announces that 25-year-old Nicky Lofton of Buffalo was arraigned on Saturday morning before Judge LoTempio on one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony) and one count of Obstruction of Governmental Administration in the Second Degree (Class “A” misdemeanor).

It is alleged that on Saturday, May 21, 2022, at approximately 2:06 a.m., a Buffalo Police Department detective, who was investigating the shooting on Pearl Street, saw the defendant running in an alleyway near the scene of the crime. The defendant allegedly refused multiple commands by officers to stop, but was taken into custody in a parking lot on Pearl Street. Detectives allegedly found an illegal loaded “ghost gun” on his person.

Erie County Prosecutor John Flynn, Statement.

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 24-year-old Kyle M. Mickens and 24-year-old Dalton O. Edge, Jr., both of Buffalo were arraigned on Saturday morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Andrew C. LoTempio on the following offenses:

  • Two counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree (Class “B” violent felonies)
  • Two counts of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felonies)
  • One count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony)
  • One count of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree (Class “D” felony)