Teen jailed for part in drive-by shooting

August 29, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Chambersburg teen wanted in connection with a July 20 drive-by shooting was placed in Franklin County Prison Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail after he was taken into custody on Aug. 21 in Wheeling, W.Va., according to Chambersburg Police.

William C. "Woo" Houser, 17, last known address at 117 Garfield St., was returned to Chambersburg on Tuesday and arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter, police said.

Houser has been charged as an adult with three counts of criminal attempt to commit homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal conspiracy for the 2:09 a.m. shooting on the corner of Hollywell Avenue and South Street, police said.


Houser is the third teen to be charged in the drive-by shooting that left two people injured.

The same charges have also been filed against Carlos Rodriguez Johnson, 18, last known address at 30 W. South St. and formerly of Norfolk, Va.

Johnson is currently being held at the Washington County Detention Center awaiting trial on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and giving false information to a police officer.

Police have also charged Waseem I. Malik, 19, of 956 S. Fifth St., with two counts of criminal conspiracy and one count of aggravated assault.

Malik was released from prison after posting $50,000 bail, police said.

A large group of people was standing on the sidewalk across from the Laurel Lodge IBPOE when a vehicle with an undetermined number of occupants crossed over the railroad tracks heading east and began firing in the crowd, police said.

Damon L. Bryant, 20, of 40 S. Main St., was shot in his left leg, shattering the femur, police said. He was treated at York Hospital in York, Pa.

Charles D. Green, 22, of 75 W. South St., was struck in the chest and the left wrist and treated at Chambersburg Hospital, police said.

Police said several rounds were fired but they would not say from what kind of weapon.

Charges are pending against other unnamed people, according to police.

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