New Castle Police Department officers were dispatched Saturday afternoon for a shots fired call on the city’s lower East Side.
At 4:52 p.m., police were dispatched to the area of the 712 Cumberland Ave. Upon arrival, officers learned that two men were arguing outside the residence. During the argument, one of the males, who is identified as a 17-year-old male who lives at the residence, pulled a firearm out of his waistband and began to fire the weapon towards an 18-year-old male.
The victim was grazed in the leg as he ran toward a waiting vehicle. The driver of that vehicle also was grazed by a bullet in the upper rib cage area and showed officers a superficial wound to that area. The victim was treated at UPMC Jameson.
Investigating officers identified several witnesses and also were able to obtain video of the incident. NCPD officers located five spent .45-caliber shell casings in the area along with a .45 caliber slug on the roadway. As officers searched the area, they were able to locate a .45 caliber silver semi-automatic handgun which officers learned was reported stolen out from Youngstown, Ohio.
After interviewing several witnesses, reviewing video of the incident and gathering other evidence, NCPD officers arrested the 17-year-old male, who will be charged as an adult.
He is being charged with two counts of criminal attempted homicide, two counts of recklessly endangering another person, two counts of aggravated assault, persons not to possess a firearm (minor) and receiving stolen property.
The 17-year-old was arraigned and placed in Lawrence County Jail on $150,000 bond.
The NCPD is also charging the other occupants of the residence of 712 Cumberland Ave. with disorderly house violations due to a repeated course of conduct involving violent issues with individuals at that residence.