BY JOE OLENICK
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — A 31-year-old man is expected to survive a shooting on South Transit Street early Monday morning.
Raymond T. Johnson is now at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he had surgery early Monday, Lockport Police said. Detective Capt. Richard Podgers said officers are waiting for the victim to recover enough so they can speak with him.
Police tried to speak with the victim earlier in the day, but were unsuccessful in getting a statement from him.
"But he was conscious, awaiting surgery," Podgers said.
The victim was shot multiple times with a .22 caliber weapon shortly after midnight, roughly 12:20 a.m. Monday. The victim reportedly walked from his apartment on 143 South St. to 7-Eleven, 95 South Transit St., on the corner of High and South Transit streets.
The people at 7-Eleven helped the victim, Podgers said.
"He went there for help, then he collasped," Podgers said. "He was aided by the employees and customers there."
The police incident report said the victim had stated he did not know who the suspects were. Podgers said so far, there weren't any witnesses to what happened.
"No one at the apartment saw anything, they didn't see anyone around, there was no car chasing him," Podgers said.
Lockport Police Chief Lawrence Eggert said the man was transported via Mercy Flight. The victim was transported by the city fire department from 7-Eleven to Davison Road, where Mercy Flight flew him to ECMC.
The victim is expected to be OK, Podgers said.
"He'll survive," he said. "The doctors have given us no reason that he won't be able to speak with us."
If someone has information about the shooting, they can contact the Lockport Police Department at 433-7700 or the tipline at 439-6723.
***This story was updated at 1:35 p.m. with the victim's name.