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June 13, 2014

Police file charges in Kernville shooting

— Two Johnstown men were charged with attempted homicide in connection with a shooting that occurred Wednesday night during an apparent drug deal that sent a third man to the hospital.

John Thomas Lattimer, 32, of the 100 block of Messenger Street, and Jonathan Uriah Craddock, 32, of the 600 block of Beech Street, were arraigned Thursday by on-call District Judge John Barron of Stonycreek Township.

City police detectives said in a criminal complaint that Craddock fired a shotgun at Clifford Gilbert, striking him in an arm, while inside a residence in the 600 block of Thomas Avenue in the city’s Kernville section.

Gilbert was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johns­town, where he was treated and later released.

Lattimer and Craddock fled the shooting scene around 3:30 p.m., police said

Police said a woman later told them she had driven Craddock and Lattimer to Kernville to buy marijuana from Gilbert.

Officers were called to the 600 block of Pine Street at 5:30 p.m. after a different woman reported that Lattimer had pulled out a shotgun and threatened to shoot her.

Lattimer and Craddock were later found at the Messenger Street duplex where Lattimer lives. A 12-gauge shotgun was found in the building’s basement.

Members of the Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team surrounded the home until both men surrendered.

Lattimer and Cradock also were charged with aggravated assault, tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment.

Craddock is being held on $250,000 bond. Bond for Lattimer was set at $200,000.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on­nowskiTD.

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