Charges filed in alleged Mount Carmel shooting
MOUNT CARMEL - A Hegins man who allegedly fired a shot into an occupied apartment building at the corner of South Beech and West Sixth streets earlier this month was arraigned Friday morning on multiple charges, including three felonies.
Donnie T. Carl, 26, was committed to Northumberland County Prison in Sunbury in lieu of $50,000 cash bail following his 10:30 a.m. arraignment by Magisterial District Judge John Gembic III of Shamokin.
Carl, who was wanted in Schuylkill County for a probation violation involving an unrelated incident, is charged with felonies of possessing a firearm while being a fugitive, possessing a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct involving the 9:20 p.m. April 10 disturbance.
Mount Carmel Cpl. Christopher Buhay filed the charges.
Carl's girlfriend, Katie Marie Keister, 18, of Lykens, was previously charged by Buhay with lying to police after Carl allegedly fired a single shot following an argument between the couple. Carl fled the scene after the shooting incident.
No one was injured after the shot was fired from a dark-colored vehicle while Keister entered a second-floor apartment at 250 S. Beech St.
Kelly Campbell, an off-duty police officer for Mount Carmel Township, reported the incident after he said he saw the shot fired.
A single .45 caliber shell casing was recovered in the 400 block of West Sixth Street near the back of the apartment building, but police haven't found where the slug made impact.
Police said Keister was uncooperative when she was interviewed inside the apartment building. Keister allegedly provided a false name, failed to produce identification and claimed not to know any of her own personal information. She resisted being taken into custody and was forcibly removed from the building.
She was taken to the borough police station and interviewed by Buhay, Cpl. David Donkochik and Police Chief Todd Owens, where she admitted arguing with her boyfriend over money. She eventually provided her identity, but did not do the same for Carl, according to a criminal complaint, and allegedly implicated an innocent man in a written statement.
Keister was found to be wanted in Dauphin County for a probation violation for an unrelated incident.
She was charged by Buhay with resisting arrest, two counts of unsworn falsification to authorities, hindering apprehension or prosecution, false reports, disorderly conduct and false identification to law enforcement.