Fourth man arrested in drive-by shooting

September 04, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A fourth Chambersburg man has been charged in connection with the July 20 drive-by shooting that wounded two, according to Chambersburg Police.

Donald Troy Houser, 24, last known address at 30 W. South St., is charged with one count of criminal conspiracy, one count of criminal solicitation, and one count of criminal attempt at homicide for the 2:09 a.m. shooting on the corner of Hollywell Avenue and South Street, police said.

Houser was arraigned before District Justice Gary Carter Tuesday and placed in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail, police said.


Houser and Carlos Rodriguez Johnson, 18, of the same address, who is also charged in the shooting, were two of four people arrested by Washington County narcotics agents on July 28 at an apartment leased to Jennifer L. Harne, 19, who has made a public appeal for money to cover the cost of a double lung transplant.

Both were held on drug charges and for giving false information to a police officer. Houser also was wanted on a failure to appear in court charge in Worcester County, Md., relating to a 1992 battery incident.

Chambersburg Police have charged Johnson with three counts of criminal attempt at homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal conspiracy.

The same charges have also been filed against William C. "Woo" Houser, 17, last known address at 117 Garfield St., who was returned to Chambersburg on Aug. 19 after he was taken into custody on Aug. 21 in Wheeling, W.Va.

He was placed in Franklin County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail.

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 were 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 into 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.

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