New Castle Police Department

A 19-year-old man charged in the fatal shooting a 15-year-old boy early Saturday in Mahoningtown remains in the Lawrence County jail.

According to New Castle police, Kyle Harris was charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property in connection with the death of Zach Mulford of Second Street.

Deputy coroner Sam Teolis said yesterday afternoon that the death was caused by a single gunshot wound to the chest. An autopsy was performed at Heritage Valley Medical Center in Beaver County.

Harris was arraigned before District Judge Jennifer Nicholson who set bond at $15,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Dec. 19 in central court.

New Castle police were dispatched at approximately 1:36 a.m. on Saturday to 406 N. Liberty St. in reference to an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, officers viewed Mulford lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound. A friend of the victim was still on scene and had attempted CPR with negative results.

Officers learned through the investigation that Mulford and his friend had gone to the residence to hang out with other friends. When they knocked at the door, a male identified as Kyle Harris answered the door with a gun, according to a police report.

When Harris realized who it was he lowered

the weapon and let them into the residence, the report said. As Harris removed the magazine from the weapon and began to clear the chamber, the weapon discharged, striking Mulford, police said. Harris allegedly then fled out the rear of the residence prior to officers’ arrival.

Harris subsequently turned himself in to New Castle police and provided a matching statement as a witness at the scene. Harris also showed officers the location of the weapon, and police said a check on the weapon showed that it was stolen.

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