The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 10, 2013

Police link pair to shootings

Both men jailed on other charges

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — Seventeen-year-old Derik Lawrence “DC” Carothers was awaiting trial for robbery and criminal attempted homicide when authorities said he slipped out of the electronic monitoring device strapped to his ankle and fled his Park Avenue home in Johnstown.

A bench warrant for his arrest was issued April 25.

Authorities now believe Carothers was one of four men injured Monday during a shootout in the Hornerstown section of the city.

“His whereabouts were unknown once the monitor came off,” District Attorney Kelly Callihan said. “We were looking for him at the time this (shooting) happened.”

Carothers and Daron Shamburger, 25, of Hillcrest Court, Johnstown, are now in the Cambria County Prison on charges in other cases.

Both men fled to Pittsburgh after the shooting, authorities said.

Carothers turned up at Allegheny General Hospital with a gunshot wound in the hand.

Shamburger went to Mercy Hospital with a gunshot wound in the forearm.

It’s not clear how they got to Pittsburgh.

Two other men are  in Memorial Medical Center recovering from gunshot wounds. Their names were not released.

No one has yet been charged in the shooting, Callihan said.

It’s unclear how the altercation started or who else was involved.

“Johnstown police are continuing to investigate the facts surrounding the shooting,” Callihan said.

The investigation started after city police responded to a report of shots fired around 10 p.m. Monday.

“When officers arrived, they found two individuals with gunshot wounds,” police Chief Craig Foust said at the time.

One man suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The other was shot once in the upper arm before the bullet entered his chest, Foust said. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, he said.

Police said they are familiar with Carothers.

He was one of four men charged in connection with the Jan. 9, 2012, drug-related shooting of Jeremy Johnson in the city’s Moxham neighborhood. Authorities believe Ca­rothers shot Johnson once in the lower back at a home in the 700 block of Highland Avenue.

Carothers was charged as an adult in that case.

Carothers is being held without bond because he violated his bond condition by removing the ankle monitor, authorities said.

Shamburger was jailed on charges that he sold crack cocaine to a drug informant in February in Moxham.  

He was arraigned Thursday by District Judge Rick Varner of Salix and is being held on $75,000 percentage bond.

City police are being aided in the shooting investigation by the Safe Streets Task Force, which includes Cambria County investigators and the FBI.


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