Teens charged in drive-by shooting

March 19, 1998


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

FANNETTSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged six teenagers in connection with a drive-by shooting last week that was sparked by a fight several weeks earlier.

Charged as adults in the March 11 shooting at the Lake View Mobile Home Park in Metal Township were Daniel Carl Putt, 16, and Javier Maldonado, 17, both of Mercersburg, Pa.; Timothy Keller Messner, 17, Bobby Lynn Wagaman, 18, and Bradly Allen Walls, 18, all of Chambersburg; and Freddie Franklin Herr, 19, of St. Thomas, Pa.

Each was arraigned Thursday before District Justice John Weyman on charges of aggravated and simple assault, criminal conspiracy, recklessly endangering another person, having a firearm without a license, harassment, stalking, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.


A Franklin County Prison spokesman said none of the suspects was being held there Thursday night.

No one was injured in the shooting, which happened at about 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Elm and Cedar avenues in the mobile home park, according to the report. At least six shots were fired at the trailer of Brad Crisswell Beatty and Toby Allen Clevenger, police said.

Police said the trailer was hit twice. Beatty's Ford Crown Victoria was hit three times and a burn barrel was also hit. The report said all the shots were fired from a .22-caliber handgun.

Beatty and Clevenger were not at home when the shooting occurred, according to the report. Clevenger had gotten a call warning them to get out of the house before the shooting, police said.

The report said the incident was sparked by a fight at a party several weeks ago. Scott Edward Bell, of Mercersburg, a schoolmate of some of the teenagers charged in the shooting, was beaten up, according to the report.

Bell did not report the assault at the time, the report said.

Police said an Eagle Talon and a Honda CRX drove through the mobile home park with their lights off. The report said the gun was fired from the Talon and a witness saw the two cars drive away south on Pa. 75.

The incident was still under investigation, according to police.

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