Gun violence continues to plague city
Suspecting that his girlfriend was having a relationship with “another guy,” Donnell Boyd came into the second-floor bedroom he shares with her, pulled out a gun and “waved it side to side” before firing a single shot at her, city police alleged in court papers.
The woman, Zakia Fowler, was not injured in the shooting that occurred in the couple’s home at 652 Second Ave. just before 5 p.m. Monday, Patrolman Jeremy S. Brown said.
The bullet allegedly fired by Boyd “traveled past the left side of Fowler’s head and struck the west wall of the bedroom,” Brown said in an affidavit.
The shot was heard by a dispatcher at the county’s 911 who was on the telephone with Fowler at the time, Brown said.
On the 911 recorded conversation, Fowler is heard “stating that he (Boyd) had a gun. Boyd could be heard yelling in a rage, and then within seconds, a shot is heard over the telephone,” Brown said.
Fowler bolted from the room and ran out of the house, making a second call to 911 in which she tells the dispatcher that Boyd “just shot at her,” Brown said.
When officers arrived at the house, Boyd denied firing a shot at his girlfriend during a disturbance. However, upon questioning Fowler, officers believed Boyd, 52, was being untruthful.
The woman was taken to police headquarters, where she was questioned in greater detail.
“Fowler stated she was scared for her life,” Brown said.
“She was shaken and very upset. She thought Boyd was going to shoot her,” he added.
Officers obtained a search warrant to go through the entire house. From a wall, police recovered a slug.
Police also seized five to six pounds of marijuana, which they suspect belonged to Boyd.
Police did not say if they located a handgun inside the property.
Boyd was charged with numerous felony and misdemeanor offenses, including aggravated and simple assault, terroristic threats, discharging a firearm within an occupied structure, unlawful possession of a firearms, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and other drug offenses.
Following his arraignment before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley, Boyd was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $300,000 bail.
Lepley also arraigned overnight another man who faced firearm violations stemming a disturbance with a girlfriend, city police said.
Blair Marquise Randolph, 22, of 345 W. Third St., was taken into custody near West Third and William streets within minutes after officers were called to his apartment for a domestic disturbance about 8:40 p.m. Monday.
Officers were told by a caller that Randolph was walking in the 100 block of West Third Street and that he reportedly was carrying two handguns.
A man matching Randolph’s description was seen on West Third Street carrying a book bag, police said. As he saw officers approaching him, the man ran into an alley and emerged moments later without the bookbag, police said.
The man, identified as Randolph, was immediately held by one officer while another went to retrieve the book bag. In the bag were two stolen handguns, police said.
Randolph was arraigned on felony charges of convicted felon not to possess a firearm, carrying a firearm without a license and receiving stolen property. He was adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court seven years ago on a charge of second-degree rape, a felony, court records state. He was jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.