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February 13, 2013

Teen to stand trial

JOHNSTOWN — A Johnstown teen was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for attempted criminal homicide for allegedly shooting a man inside a Messenger Street apartment in June 2012.

Shaquille McCord, 19, of Solomon Homes, was ordered held for court following a preliminary hearing before District Judge Leonard Grecek of Roxbury.

The victim, 20-year-old Jeremiah Haselrig, testified that McCord and two other males showed up at his apartment, where they played video games and watched a movie inside his bedroom.

That’s when McCord pulled a handgun from a black book bag, Haselrig testified.

“He had the gun pointed at me,” Haselrig said. “He just said ‘freeze.’  

“I ran at him and he shot,” he said.

“I didn’t know what to do.”

One of the men who were with McCord took a knife that was resting on a dresser top, he said.

“They ran out the front door,” Haselrig said.

Haselrig said he walked downstairs to a relative’s apartment and police were contacted.

He was taken to Memorial Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds.

Police recovered spent .45- caliber shell casings and blood inside the apartment.

City Detective Lawrence Wagner testified that McCord admitted to the shooting. Police have not recovered the handgun, he said.

McCord told police that Haselrig first pulled a knife, Wagner said.

Public Defender Richard Messina of Johnstown said McCord was simply defending himself.

“His (McCord’s) position is the victim went for a knife and charged at him,” Messina said after the hearing. “He acted solely in self-defense. Then he got scared and ran.”

McCord now heads to Cambria County court on charges of attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, tampering with or fabricating evidence and a firearm violation.

The judge dismissed a charge of attempted robbery.

Assistant District Attorney Wayne Langerholc Jr. is prosecutor.

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