A Williamsport teenager faces attempted homicide charges after allegedly shooting his father on Stinson Avenue on March 12. The victim was hit once and remains hospitalized for his injuries, authorities say.
Jeremy A. Drummond Jr., 18, whose current address is unknown, has been charged with criminal attempted homicide, two felony counts of aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor charges for possessing an instrument of crime and reckless endangerment.
Drummond Jr. was arrested during a traffic stop in Lewisburg. He subsequently was handed over to city police and arraigned on Saturday before District Judge James G. Carn. He is incarcerated in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $350,000.
The teen reportedly has no previous criminal charges in Lycoming County, where he has lived his entire life. If found guilty, he could serve 40 years to life in prison, or possibly face the death penalty, Carn said.
Drummond Jr. is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on April 9. However, Carn said the case likely will be continued until Drummond Sr. has recovered from his injuries to an extent that he is able to testify.
On March 12, at about 5:15 p.m., city police responded to a report of gun shots fired. When they arrived on the scene they discovered that Drummond Sr. had been shot once in the abdomen.
He was rushed to Williamsport Regional Medical Center and later taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville due to the severe nature of his injuries.
According to a witnesses, Drummond Jr. allegedly unloaded an entire gun magazine at his father. Drummond Jr. "shot at him until the gun would fire no more," police noted in an affidavit.
One of the shots struck Drummond Sr. in the abdomen, where it injured his liver and diaphragm, records state. Doctors since have performed two surgeries to save the wounded man's life, including a gall bladder removal, according to reports.