1 suspect in holiday shooting caught
A 19-year-old man is locked up on attempted homicide-related charges and city police are looking for his 18-year-old accomplice in connection with the late-night shooting July 4 in the 300 block of Center Place, just west of Elmira Street.
Derrick Wayne Moyer, of 621 Grier St., surrendered to police on Thursday afternoon to face charges of allegedly firing several shots into a crowd, resulting in one of the bullets striking a 16-year-old boy in the back.
Moments after the shooting, Moyer accidentally shot himself in the right leg “as he was attempting to flee the scene,” according to a police affidavit that was released with the teen’s arrest.
Moyer has admitted to “having possession of a handgun” on the night of the shooting, Agent Raymond O. Kontz III said in the affidavit.
“Moyer placed the gun in his right cargo pocket before going to the downtown fireworks display,” Kontz said.
At the fireworks, there was an argument between Demetri DeMarr Carroll, 18, and fellow fireworks spectator Tashi Clay, Moyer told investigators.
After the fireworks, Clay supposedly followed Carroll and Moyer to Center Place “and challenged Carroll to a fight. A group of people gathered to watch the fight. When the fight was over, Carroll was visible upset,” Kontz said he was told.
Apparently Carroll was aware that Moyer was armed with a handgun, Kontz said. According to Moyer, he handed the gun over to Carroll, who allegedly “turned toward the crowd of people and fired several shots, causing the crowd to scatter,” Kontz said.
“Carroll handed the gun back to Moyer who allegedly fired several more shots in the direction of the group,” Kontz said Moyer has admitted to police.
Moyer said he shot himself in the leg while he was “attempting to conceal the gun,” Kontz said.
During the shooting, a 16-year-old city boy, whose name the Sun-Gazette is not publishing because he is a juvenile, was shot in the back. Initially taken to Williamsport Medical Center, the teen is recovering at a trauma center, where he was reported in fair condition on Thursday night.
An arrest warrant has been filed for Carroll, who is five feet, seven inches tall, weighs about 140 pounds and whose last known address was in the 2100 block of Webb Street. He remained at large Thursday night.
Moyer, who was treated at Williamsport Hospital for his leg wound and later discharged, initially told police that he was not involved in the shooting and just a witness, Kontz said.
He initially claimed that he “picked up the gun off the ground” after the shots were fired, Kontz said.
Officers recovered “five spent shell casings at the scene and located one bullet which struck a door to a residence,” Kontz said.
Police also recovered the gun, which turned out to be stolen two years ago, Kontz said.
Carroll was questioned by police the day after the shooting and released. In that interview, Carroll admitted he was “involved in a fight with Clay and that he saw Moyer pull out a handgun and shoot into a crowd of people,” Kontz said.
Carroll initially denied firing the handgun, but in a subsequent interview, he “finally admitted that he had gotten the gun from Moyer and fired it toward the crowd,” Kontz added.
Moyer was arraigned before District Judge James Carn on total of 13 charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, tampering with evidence and convicted felon not to possess a firearm. As a juvenile, Moyer was convicted of robbery, Kontz said.
Moyer was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $350,000 bail.