Pa. teen held over for trial

October 05, 1997


Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The driver of the car involved in a drive-by shooting in Chambersburg on July 20 identified William C. Houser as one of two teenagers riding in the back seat who have been charged in the incident.

The testimony came during a preliminary hearing Friday before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

Carter said he found probable cause to send the case against Houser to the Court of Common Pleas for prosecution.

Houser, 17, is being tried as an adult in the case. He is being held in the Franklin County Prison on $1 million bond, according to court officials.

Houser, of 117 Garfield St., Chambersburg, and Carlos Rodriguez Johnson, 18, whose last known address was 30 W. South St., Chambersburg, are each charged with three counts of criminal attempt at homicide, two counts of aggravated assault and one count of criminal conspiracy, according to court records.


Johnson is being held in the Washington County Detention Center in Hagerstown on unrelated charges, according to testimony.

Houser and Johnson are accused of shooting into a crowd of 20 people who were standing on the corner of Hollywell Avenue and South Street on the night of July 20, according to testimony.

Two people in the crowd were seriously injured in the shooting, said Detective Sgt. Diane Kelso of the Chambersburg Police Department, one of two witnesses to testify Friday.

Charles D. Green, 22, of 75 W. South St., Chambersburg, was shot in the chest and wrist. Damon L. Bryant, 20, of 40 S. Main St., Chambersburg, suffered a shattered bone in his left leg. Both victims have recovered, Kelso said.

The second and final prosecution witness was Waseem Milik, 19, of Chambersburg, who testified he was the driver of the car. He said he drove because he was the only one of the three who had a license.

Milik said Houser had a 9 mm handgun and Johnson had a .22-caliber weapon. He said he was told to drive straight by the crowd.

"I heard shots," Milik said. "I knew they were going to shoot when they told me to drive down South Street," he said.

Milik has been charged with two counts of criminal conspiracy and one of aggravated assault, according to Kelso. He is free on $50,000 bond.

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