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Man Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Restaurant Owner

By Mark Scott

Buffalo, NY – Authorities have charged a man in April's fatal shooting of the owner of a Buffalo restaurant.

Erie County District Attorney Frank Clark says 23-year-old Ahmir Cole of Buffalo was arraigned yesterday on a 21-count indictment that includes a first-degree murder charge in the April 14th slaying of George Pitliangus. Cole is also a suspect in several other crimes, including a shooting at a Kenmore convenience store.

Clark said a break in the investigation came in early May.

"It was a shooting that occurred at a Buffalo nightclub," Clark said. "Shell casings from that crime matched the shell casings from the two earlier shootings. From there, investigators realized that the same gun was used. Then, they had to find out who it was that used it."

Clark said that investigation led to Ahmir Cole. He's been held in jail since his arrest on a drug charge in late May. Cole faces a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole if convicted.

Clark says authorities continue their search for a second man involved in the robberies. He says that person is not 18-year-old Raemon Woods who was arrested in the days following Pitliangus' murder and then subsequently released.