New Castle Police Department

An East Side man in jail for allegedly firing shots at a group of people on Cuba Street is now facing additional charges for allegedly having a gun illegally his possession.

The Lawrence County District Attorney's office on Friday filed charges of prohibited possession of a firearm and receiving stolen property against Marquan Lee Payne, 20, of East Lutton Street.

New Castle police chief Bobby Salem said the two newer charges stemmed from the district attorney's detectives having found a gun inside of the Shenango Township house they searched after Payne, who went there after the shooting, was arrested on Wednesday.

Payne is accused of having fired shots Tuesday at a group of people, including a 1-year-old, in the area of the Lincoln Projects on New Castle's lower North Hill. No injuries were reported.

New Castle police reported that witnesses at the scene identified Payne as the shooter, and they also viewed a surveillance video.

According to a criminal complaint against Payne, a bullet went through the front window of a house on Cuba Street and another one struck a car that was nearby during the gunfire. 

Payne initially was lodged in the Lawrence County jail on $250,000 bond on Wednesday, charged with five counts each of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering other persons. He was arraigned Friday afternoon on the additional charges against him, and District Judge Scott A. McGrath set an additional $25,000 bond.

City police chief Bobby Salem said Thursday that Payne, after allegedly firing the shots, had gone to a house in Shenango Township, where they found and arrested him. They served a search warrant at that house late Wednesday, when the district attorney's agents retrieved what they believe to be the suspect's gun.

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