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July 14, 2014

Police file charges in Hornerstown shootings

JOHNSTOWN — A would-be robber was one of the two people shot Saturday afternoon in Hornerstown – and he now faces a handful of charges, city police said.

Stephen William Huger, 23, went into a Fronheiser Street home wielding a gun and demanding money, but ended up getting into a struggle over the weapon with the resident inside, Johnstown police Sgt. Pat Goggin said.

The weapon fired while Huger and the other man scuffled, striking the resident, whose name was not released, in the hand. But the injured man was able to grab the gun and defended himself, firing one shot into Huger’s leg, he said.

“I don’t think this was a random home invasion,” Goggin said, noting the incident remained under investigation.

Online court records show Huger was given three years probation in May following a Cambria County court plea to drug-related charges.

It’s also the second time he’s been shot in the neighborhood this year.

On Jan. 12, Huger was struck in a shoulder along Fronheiser Street. Police investigated the matter but said at the time that Huger told detectives he had no idea who was firing at him.

No charges have been filed in that incident, Goggin said Sunday.

In Saturday’s robbery attempt, Huger fled but was picked up by police on Oak Street, Goggin said.

A .40-caliber handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Police said Huger will face charges of possessing the weapon without a license and carrying a weapon with altered serial numbers.

Aggravated assault, robbery and reckless endangerment charges also were filed, Goggin said.

Huger was expected to be released Sunday evening from Memorial Medical Center, where he was receiving treatment for his gunshot wound, Goggin said.

Huger was scheduled to be taken to Cambria County Prison for arraignment Sunday night, Goggin said.

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