17-year-old charged in two August shootings, one which killed a local football coach

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A 17-year-old Buffalo resident was arraigned Friday morning in two separate shooting incidents, one of which killed a local youth football coach who was trying to break up an altercation. If convicted in both trials, Jason Washington could face up to 75 years to life in prison.

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Washington appeared before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan, and through his attorney entered not guilty pleas in both cases. He is charged with Assault and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in an August 6 shooting at McCarthy Park which caused non-life-threatening injuries to a youth. He is also charged with Second Degree Murder and Second Degree Attempted Murder in an August 31 incident which claimed the life of Norzell Aldridge.

The latter shooting happened in the vicinity of Koons Avenue and Sycamore Street in Buffalo, shortly after the conclusion of a youth football game. According to prosecutors, Washington had intervened in a fight which allegedly involved a friend. He allegedly drew a gun and tried to use it but, according to Erie County District Attorney John Flynn, the weapon failed to discharge at that time. It was then, according to the DA, Aldridge stepped in to try and disarm Washington, but the gun was turned on him and fired.

(This story is being updated.)