Parolee Pleads Guilty in Coit Street Shooting

Modified: October 9, 2018 3:23pm

10/9/2018

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 18-year-old Tanaja Whittaker, also known as “Little,” of Buffalo pleaded guilty, as charged, before State Supreme Justice M. William Boller to one count of Assault in the Second Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.

On April 30, 2018, at approximately 1:48 p.m., the victim was sitting inside his vehicle parked in the driveway of his Coit Street home when the defendant walked up to the car, pulled a gun out of his pants and began firing. The victim, who was struck in the abdominal area, ducked down and drove himself to Buffalo General Hospital where he was treated for a gunshot wound.

Buffalo Police were able to track the defendant through the use of his parole issued ankle monitor. When police arrived at the defendant’s residence, they found a loaded shotgun, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol, an unloaded .22 rifle and a variety of ammunition.

Whittaker faces a maximum of 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday, November 8 at 9:30 a.m. 

DA Flynn commends the investigative work of Detective John Paradowski of the Buffalo Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lauren Nash of the DA’s Tactical Prosecution Unit.