Man charged in shoot­ing

Shot fired dur­ing al­ter­ca­tion; no one in­jured

Newark Post - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­

A New Cas­tle man was ar­rested after al­legedly fir­ing a gun in the Col­lege Park neigh­bor­hood of Ne­wark, police re­ported.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened just be­fore 11:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the 100 block of Madi­son Drive, said Lt. Fred Nel­son, a spokesman for the Ne­wark Police Depart­ment.

The 39-year-old vic­tim told police he was walk­ing in the area and met Dawane A. War­ren, 22, who was sit­ting in his car with his girl­friend in front of his mother’s house. The vic­tim said his wife had kicked him out of the house and he was cold, court records in­di­cate.

War­ren’s girl­friend al­lowed the vic­tim to get in the car to warm up, and soon the vic­tim got into an al­ter­ca­tion with War­ren, Nel­son said.

The vic­tim got out of the car and heard a gun­shot as he ran away, but he was not hit. He then drove to the Sunoco gas sta­tion and the Greene Tur­tle res­tau­rant be­fore fi­nally head­ing to the police sta­tion to report the shoot­ing, ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes after it hap­pened.

Police, mean­while, had al­ready re­ceived calls about the gun­shot, but ar­riv­ing officers found noth­ing sus­pi­cious.

After the vic­tim filed his report, officers went back to the scene and found War­ren and his girl­friend still parked on Madi­son Drive. They searched his car and found a 9mm hand­gun.

It does not ap­pear the bul­let hit any­thing, Nel­son said.

Ex­actly what hap­pened when the vic­tim was in­side the car re­mains un­clear, ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments.

The vic­tim claimed War­ren pulled out a hand­gun un­pro­voked and stole his wal­let, credit card and va­por­izer, court records in­di­cate.

How­ever, the ar­rest­ing of­fi­cer wrote in court doc­u­ments that “there is some ques­tion as to the truth­ful­ness of [the vic­tim’s] en­tire state­ment,” not­ing that his body lan­guage in­di­cated de­cep­tion.

War­ren’s girl­friend claimed that the vic­tim of­fered them co­caine and asked if they wanted to party. She ad­mit­ted she used co­caine with the vic­tim, and said War­ren was an­gry that the vic­tim had brought drugs into the car and asked him to leave, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate.

The vic­tim con­tin­ued to snort co­caine in the back seat, and the con­fronta­tion es­ca­lated, she told police. Both the vic­tim and War­ren got out of the car, and the woman heard a gun­shot but did not see War­ren pull the trig­ger. She said the vic­tim dropped the items he later re­ported stolen.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, War­ren ad­mit­ted to police that he fired one shot into the air but claimed it was un­in­ten­tional. He de­nied that he threat­ened the vic­tim with the gun and in­stead said the vic­tim saw a lighter than re­sem­bles a hand­gun.

War­ren was charged with car­ry­ing a con­cealed deadly weapon, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and ag­gra­vated men­ac­ing. He was re­leased on $10,000 se­cured bond.


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