WILKES-BARRE — Confined to a wheelchair after seven gunshot wounds, William Uggiano testified Friday he waited in the area of Wayne and South Grant streets for a woman who invited him to smoke “weed” on Aug. 3.
Uggiano, 19, waited 10 minutes before he realized she wasn’t going to show. As he began walking home, something told him to turn around. When he did, Uggiano said he there was a man with a gun.
“Something told me to turn around and when I did, I saw Dre and he started firing,” Uggiano testified at the preliminary hearing for Andre Fuller, 22, of John Street, Kingston. “I was hit in the head and I fell.”
Uggiano said he suffered gunshot wounds to his head, shoulder, arm, hip, waist and buttocks. He is bound to a wheelchair because he has limited use of his legs due to the gunshot wounds, he said.
After nearly an hour of testimony, District Judge Martin Kane determined Luzerne County Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino established a case against Fuller. He now faces charges of criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and a firearms offense in county court.
Fuller’s attorney, Peter Moses, said there were no witnesses to the shooting and no evidence presented that his client even brandished a firearm.
Moses said he learned Uggiano was unable to identify Fuller as the alleged gunman without the help of his mother, Javette Uggiano. Moses also questioned the timing when police presented a photo array to Uggiano and when his mother was able to obtain the name of the alleged gunman.
Javette Uggiano, called to testify by Moses, said her son was unable to talk while he was in the hospital. While holding her son’s hand, she mentioned letters of the alphabet beginning with A and when she reached D, her son squeezed her hand. She took it as her son was communicating that Dre shot him, she testified.
Investigators believe Dre, a street name, is Fuller.
Uggiano said the girl invited him to smoke marijuana. He felt this was odd because he had been asking the girl to meet him on numerous occasions but she would always say no.
While he waited on Wayne Street, Uggiano sent a text message to the girl, who replied she was on her way. Uggiano said he waited 10 minutes before he left and was shot allegedly by Fuller.
“Mr. Uggiano saw Dre shoot him; he not only shot him once but seven times,” Ferentino said. “By the grace of God, Mr. Uggiano survived to tell his story.”
Fuller remains jailed at the county correctional facility for lack of $250,000 bail.