The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 4, 2013

Police still seeking convenience store shooter

Patrick Buchnowski

JOHNSTOWN — Richland Township police say they still don’t know who fired six rounds at the Honey Bear Sunoco station even after reviewing the store’s video surveillance.

Motion sensor cameras outside the business located on Elton Road did not turn on, meaning the shooter in the Sept. 28 incident was not on the property, police said.

“They definitely weren’t on the facility grounds because the motion cameras never kicked in,” police Detective Thomas Keirn said. “We know they had to be on the street because that’s where the casings were found.”

Police recovered six 9mm shell casings on Elton Road in close proximity to each other, Keirn said.

Video from inside the store only showed the front door glass being shattered by one of the rounds, he said.

Another round struck a gas pump and others hit windows.

Video from nearby businesses turned up nothing, he said.

“At this point, we don’t have a suspect vehicle let alone a suspect,” Keirn said.

There were no witnesses, only a neighbor who heard the shots and called 911. Police on a traffic stop on Scalp Avenue also heard the shots, he said.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m., when the business was closed. Although police have not yet received a damage estimate from the business, Keirn said it would be around $1,000.

Police have no motive, but Detective Kevin Gaudlip noted the shooting happened at a time when some of the bars were closing.   

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Richland police at 800-281-1680.

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