Buffalo Man Arraigned on Attempted Murder Charge for Shooting Victim on City's Lower West Side

Modified: June 17, 2022 2:17pm


Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 31-year-old Jose Martinez, also known as “Gordo,” of Buffalo was arraigned on Wednesday morning before Buffalo City Court Judge Diane Wray on one count of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, one count of Assault in the First Degree (Class “B” violent felonies) and one count of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree (Class “C” violent felony).

It is alleged that on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at approximately 5:50 p.m., the defendant intentionally shot the victim multiple times on Pennsylvania Street near Lakeview Avenue Street in the City of Buffalo. The victim, a 30-year-old male, was taken by ambulance to ECMC where he was treated for serious physical injuries.

It is further alleged that on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, members of the Buffalo Police Department Gun Violence Unit executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Prospect Avenue. Investigators allegedly found an illegal handgun inside of the home.

Martinez is scheduled to return on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. for a felony hearing. He was held without bail.

If convicted of the highest charge, Martinez faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Police Department Gun Violence Unit for their work in this investigation. 

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christopher S. Safulko of the Major Crimes Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.