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October 5, 2010

Local man jailed in pair of shootings

NEW CASTLE — When Shawn Pennachio fired his gun last month, police say, he ended up getting shot in the hip.

After he allegedly pulled the trigger again Sunday night, he landed in jail.

The 22-year-old Pennachio — who lists addresses on Galbreath Street, Shenango Street and Pin Oak Drive — faces a host of charges related to each incident, including two counts of criminal homicide and five counts of aggravated assault. He was arraigned yesterday morning and placed in the Lawrence County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond for a Sept. 24 shooting, and $25,000 bond for Sunday’s.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12 in Lawrence County Central Court.

SOUTH SIDE SHOTS

Pennachio’s more recent problems began shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday when a South Mill Street man left his residence.

The man told police that he pulled his car over to the side of an unspecified South Side street and asked a white male “wearing a Gothic sweatshirt” and a younger black male for directions to the Elks Club on Moravia Street.

The driver said that the two yelled “homosexual slander” at him and that as he drove away, his vehicle was struck by gunfire. The man drove to the Elks Club and called police. An officer examining the car found a bullet hole in the rear passenger tail light /quarter panel, as well as a “scuff” type bullet hole in the bumper below.

According to court documents, the officer drove around the area until he found two males at the corner of Agnew and Reynolds streets who matched the driver’s description. While patting down the white male — later identified as Pennachio — the officer found a 9mm handgun that did not belong to Pennachio in the pocket of his sweatshirt. Pennachio was handcuffed and placed in the police cruiser.

The other man also was patted down, but nothing was found on him.

The driver of the car then was brought by police to Agnew and Reynolds streets, where he identified Pennachio as one of the two males he had spoken with earlier. The other man, he said, was not one of them, and that man was released by police.

Pennachio was charged with felony counts of aggravated assault, possession of firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license, in addition to misdemeanor counts of recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct and firearms discharge prohibited.

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