A New Castle teen is in custody and charged as an adult with criminal attempt at homicide after he allegedly shot two people Saturday outside of a house Cumberland Avenue.
New Castle police arrested 17-year-old Jacob Wayne Brown of 712 Cumberland Ave. in connection with the incident that sent a man and woman to the hospital with gunshot wounds.
Brown is in the Lawrence County jail on $150,000 bond.
According to a police report, officers were called to his residence on the city's lower east side just before 5 p.m. They learned that two men had been arguing and outside and that Brown allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband and fired it at an 18-year-old male.
A bullet grazed the male in the leg as he ran toward a waiting vehicle, police reported. The female driver also was struck by a bullet in the upper rib cage and suffered what appeared to be a superficial wound, according to the report. The two injured, whose identities were not available yesterday, were both treated at UPMC Jameson, according to the report.
Police obtained a surveillance video of the incident and interviewed witnesses. They reported finding five spent .45-caliber shell casings nearby, plus one that was on the road. Their search also yielded a silver semiautomatic handgun that they learned had been stolen from somewhere in Youngstown.
In addition to the attempted criminal homicide charges, Brown faces two counts each of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering other persons, and one count each of carrying a gun without a license, possession of a firearm by a minor and receiving stolen property. He was arraigned by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie.
The police have said they intend to charge other occupants in the house with disorderly house violations, for an alleged repeated course of conduct involving violent issues with individuals who were at the Cumberland Avenue house.
New Castle police chief Bobby Salem said the house recently has been a nuisance for disturbance calls about reported fights and shots fired.