Ellwood City police filed charges yesterday against a Beaver Falls teen in connection with a shooting on Loop Street.

The Lawrence County District Attorney’s office authorized the department to charge Joseph Nicholson, 17, of 2007 Sixth Ave., Beaver Falls, as an adult.

Police said no one was injured in Sunday’s incident.

District Judge Jerry Cartwright arraigned Nicholson on two counts of attempt to commit criminal homicide, four counts of simple assault, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license.

Nicholson, alleged to be one of the shooters, was placed in the Lawrence County jail on a bond of $50,000.

A second warrant has been issued for the other alleged shooter, Ryan Nye, 18, also of Beaver Falls.

The Beaver Falls police department aided Ellwood police in apprehending Nicholson.

In the paperwork filed with Cartwright, Ellwood officers reported they were called to the borough’s public housing area for a shooting just before 4 a.m. Sunday. The suspects had fled south on Pershing Street and east on Woodside Avenue toward New Castle.

Police said one of the victims, Richard Holland Jr., had followed the suspects in his vehicle but lost them on Route 65.

The officers reported they found three .25-caliber shells from an automatic handgun in the 400 block of Loop Street near the playground.

Holland told police he had seen a group of people near the playground when an argument began.

According to police, Holland said Nicholson pulled a handgun from his midsection and, as the group dispersed, began to shoot. Holland said Nye then pulled a handgun from his back area and began to run at Richard Hickman.

Police said Hickman told officers he looked back as he ran, heard a shot and felt a bullet go past his head.

According to the report, Holland and Hickman described the vehicle the suspects used as a Ford Explorer. Police have the name of the alleged driver and intend to seek a warrant for him after further investigation.

The department is asking anyone who observed anything in the Loop Street playground area early Sunday morning to call the police at (724) 758-7564.

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