Man charged in shoot­ing

Shots fired with stolen gun struck fe­male by­stander

The Community Connection - - LOCAL NEWS - By Mar­ian Den­nis mden­nis@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mar­i­anDen­nis1 on Twit­ter

POTTSTOWN » Po­lice have ar­rested a man they say was in­volved in a shoot­ing last week that left him and an­other per­son in­jured.

Donte Webb, 18, of Nor­ris­town, has been charged af­ter po­lice say he fired shots us­ing a stolen gun that left a woman in­jured last week.

On July 5 at around 8:30 p.m., of­fi­cers re­sponded to the area of Ch­est­nut Street and North Wash­ing­ton Street for a re­port of shots fired. Upon ar­rival, of­fi­cers lo­cated two in­di­vid­u­als with gun­shot wounds, one of them iden­ti­fied as Webb and an­other, a fe­male by­stander, po­lice said.

Webb had al­legedly run from the scene and was later found by am­bu­lance per­son­nel near the area of North Franklin Street and Rowan Al­ley. Both Webb and the fe­male vic­tim were trans­ported to Read­ing Hospi­tal for treat­ment of their in­juries, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

In­ves­ti­gat­ing de­tec­tives were led to the 300 block of Ch­est­nut Street where they lo­cated blood drops and splat­ter. They were then in­formed that video sur­veil­lance had been taken in the area. The video showed a male

com­ing from a nearby yard and ap­proach­ing the al­ley be­side a garage. The man then lifted his shirt and re­moved a dark col­ored ob­ject from his waist­band and placed it near a bucket, po­lice said.

When po­lice in­ves­ti­gated the area shown in the sur­veil­lance footage, they lo­cated a black Glock 9x19 hand­gun be­hind a white bucket.

Po­lice said the mag­a­zine in the gun “was empty and the slide was par­tially back with a spent 9 mm cas­ing lodged in the cham­ber, not ejected.”

The gun had been reg­is­tered to one of Webb’s fam­ily mem­bers.

Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice said there was a blood trail that led from the side of the res­i­dence to just be­fore the garage.

Po­lice also in­ves­ti­gated a nearby crime scene where nu­mer­ous ve­hi­cles had been struck with bul­lets, and shell cas­ings were found through­out the street. Po­lice dis­cov­ered 11 9 mm cas­ings and two ar­eas of blood ev­i­dence. Blood was found on a ve­hi­cle parked on the north side of Ch­est­nut Street and a pool of blood was lo­cated on the side­walk on the 400 block of Ch­est­nut Street, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

When po­lice re­turned the next day, they found six .40-cal­iber shell cas­ings and found that ve­hi­cles in the area had been struck by bul­lets com­ing from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

On July 6, wit­nesses told po­lice that at the time of the shoot­ing Webb had been on a porch where he was speak­ing with two peo­ple for a short time. An­other man had been stand­ing by the curb and as Webb left the porch, the wit­ness heard shots fired.

That same day po­lice ob­tained more video sur­veil­lance that ap­pears to show Webb re­turn­ing to the area where the gun was found, po­lice said.

The fol­low­ing day, Webb came to the po­lice sta­tion and af­ter speak­ing with de­tec­tives, signed a state­ment in which he ad­mit­ted to fir­ing the gun that be­longed to one of his fam­ily mem­bers. Po­lice said Webb ad­mit­ted to load­ing the gun with six or seven rounds and fir­ing it un­til the mag­a­zine ran out. He stated that he did not know the in­di­vid­u­als who shot at him but that he re­turned fire and ran into the yard. He then ad­mit­ted that he handed the gun off to be hid­den and that he re­turned the next day to look for it, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

Po­lice said Webb’s crim­i­nal his­tory does not per­mit him to pos­sess a firearm and that he does not have a per­mit to carry a con­cealed firearm.

Webb is be­ing charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault, theft, re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense, pos­ses­sion of a weapon, pos­ses­sion of a firearm pro­hib­ited, tam­per­ing with ev­i­dence and con­spir­acy.

He is sched­uled for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on July 21 be­fore District Judge Ed­ward C. Kropp. He was un­able to post the set $1 mil­lion bail and is be­ing held at Mont­gomery County Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A fe­male shoot­ing vic­tim was found on the side­walk on the north side of the 400 block of Ch­est­nut Street on July 5 and a male shoot­ing vic­tim was found on the 300 block of Ch­est­nut Street, where more po­lice tape was set up.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A cone, usu­ally used to mark the lo­ca­tion of a spent bul­let cas­ing, sits in the mid­dle of North Wash­ing­ton Street at the scene of a dou­ble shoot­ing near the in­ter­sec­tion with Ch­est­nut Street on July 5. The cone is just steps away from a neigh­bor­hood park where chil­dren play.

EVAN BRANDT — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A Pottstown po­lice of­fi­cer shines his flash­light on a pos­si­ble clue at the Ch­est­nut and Wash­ing­ton streetscene of a dou­ble shoot­ing on July 5.

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