Min­ersville man charged in shoot­ing

Po­lice: Sus­pect on the run

The Republican Herald - - FRONT PAGE - BY FRANK ANDRUSCAVAGE STAFF WRITER

MIN­ERSVILLE — Min­ersville po­lice on Tues­day filed at­tempted homi­cide and other charges against a bor­ough man for al­legedly shoot­ing an­other man around 1:30 a.m. Sun­day.

Pa­trol­man Eric Sterner charged Louie Fer­nando Rivera, 27, of 340 New Cas­tle St., with crim­i­nal at­tempt to com­mit homi­cide, ag­gra­vated as­sault, firearms not to be car­ried with­out a li­cense, pos­sess­ing in­stru­ments of crime and per­sons not to pos­sess, use, man­u­fac­ture, sell or trans­fer firearms.

The charges were filed with Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict Judge David A. Plachko, Port Car­bon, who is­sued a war­rant for Rivera’s ar­rest.

Sterner said that he and Pa­trol­man Craig Bar­ket were called to the area of the Cur­ran Ho­tel, 155 Sun­bury St., for a gun­shot vic­tim.

At the scene, Sterner said, po­lice found Pa­trick Green in­side the ho­tel suf­fer­ing from a gun­shot wound to his right leg.

Sterner said ini­tial re­ports in­di­cated that Green and Rivera be­came in­volved in an ar­gu­ment in the ho­tel bar that led to the two go­ing out­side where the al­ter­ca­tion turned phys­i­cal. The

al­ter­ca­tion out­side took both Rivera and Green out onto Sun­bury Street where Rivera’s ve­hi­cle was parked.

Sterner said Rivera sep­a­rated from the al­ter­ca­tion, went to his ve­hi­cle and re­trieved a .380-cal­iber pis­tol.

Af­ter get­ting the weapon, Rivera fired one shot at Green, hit­ting him in the right leg, Sterner said.

Af­ter shoot­ing Green, Sterner said, Rivera fled the area run­ning west on Sun­bury Street and north on Third Street and could not be lo­cated de­spite a search of the area by of­fi­cers from nu­mer­ous de­part­ments.

Af­ter be­ing shot, Sterner said, Green was flown to Geisinger Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Danville, for treat­ment.

Rivera re­mains on the run and Min­ersville po­lice are ask­ing that any­one with in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts to con­tact them at 570544-2333.

All in­for­ma­tion will re­main con­fi­den­tial.

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