Minersville man charged in shooting
Police: Suspect on the run
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.