The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

February 25, 2013

1 bullet likely caused 2 injuries, police say

Moxham shooting remains under investigation

Dave Sutor

JOHNSTOWN — One bullet appears to have caused both injuries during a home-invasion shooting in Johnstown’s Moxham neighborhood on Saturday.

According to Johnstown police Chief Craig Foust, two individuals entered the residence in the 700 block of Highland Avenue, looking for a package of marijuana that was apparently shipped there for them. They encountered the residents inside. In an altercation, one resident was shot in the knee; one intruder was hit in the head.

Police found a revolver with one spent casing at the scene.

“The victim was able to say that he was again fighting with these individuals,” Foust said. “He heard a shot, felt pain in his knee and fell to the ground at the same time that the other individual he was fighting with fell to the ground. Right now, we’re looking at the possibility that both individuals were struck with the same bullet.”

Blood analysis and ballistics reports will be performed to determine exactly how one bullet caused the wounds.

“That’s something we’re obviously going to spend a lot of time finding out,” Foust said.

Police believe the residents and alleged invaders had no relationship prior to the incident.

Soon after the package arrived at the location via UPS, the residents turned it over to the police department. Foust said the alleged intruders possibly had the marijuana shipped to what they believed was an abandoned residence in a triplex. The residents recalled seeing people outside their housing unit the day before, as if waiting for something to arrive or happen, according to Foust. Two individuals with guns showed up, demanding the marijuana.

Foust did not release the name of the adult male shot in the head because charges are pending. The wound originally appeared to be life-threatening, but Foust has now heard the individual may survive.

He remains hospitalized at Memorial Medical Center, as does the man shot in the knee.

Police are still looking for two other suspects, both adult males, believed to be from the Johnstown area. One entered the residence and the other waited outside in a vehicle, Foust said.

Another adult resident and children were in the building at the time of the incident. They went upstairs to call 911 when the alleged invasion occurred.

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