The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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April 7, 2009

Accused shooter from Johnstown

Conemaugh Valley grad said on MySpace that he recently returned from Iraq

ALTOONA — The man accused of shooting two people and critically injuring a third Monday is a Johnstown native and a 1999 graduate of Conemaugh Valley High School.

Authorities Tuesday identified the man as Nicholas T. Horner, 28, who was said to be living in Altoona at the time of the shooting but continued to carry identification with a Johnstown address.

“There was confusion on his residency because the address listed on his driver’s license was Johnstown,” state Trooper David McGarvey said Tuesday.

Horner faces two counts of criminal homicide and related charges in the shooting of Scott Garlick, 19, a senior at Hollidaysburg Area High School, and Raymond E. Williams, 64, of the 6000 block of Maryland Avenue, Altoona.

Horner is also charged with critically injuring Michelle Petty, who was shot in the hip and pelvic area. Her injuries are not life-threatening, police said.

Police said Horner entered the rear of a Subway sandwich shop about a mile from the Logan Valley Mall around 5 p.m. Monday and shot Garlick, who later died of his wounds.

Horner then went to the front of the restaurant where he shot Petty, police said.

Horner demanded money from another person, who police said put cash in a Subway bag and handed it to Horner.

He left by the back of the restaurant, running west onto Maryland Avenue. There, police said, Horner shot and killed Williams, who was checking his mail outside his apartment complex.

Police said Horner was apprehended while running through the parking lot of the apartment complex.

The money was found in a Subway bag stuffed into the pocket of Horner’s pants. He also had blood-covered mail addressed to Williams in his possession, police said.

Horner was arraigned in front of District Judge Jeffrey Acker of Altoona and lodged in Blair County Prison without bond.

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