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Man charged in shooting

July 11, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

A citizen's tip led to the arrest Thursday of a Brooklyn, N.Y., man wanted in connection with a Tuesday night shooting on Pennsylvania Avenue.

James Clayton Chandler, 23, is charged with second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, carrying a deadly weapon and several handgun violations, police said.

The shooting was reported at 11:55 p.m. in an alley in the 900 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, police said.

Justin Mitchell, 20, told police he encountered two men at the rear of a nearby residence he was visiting.

Police said the two men ran toward Park Lane with Mitchell chasing behind them.

Mitchell told police one of the men, who he alleged was Chandler, fired two shots at him from what sounded like a small-caliber handgun, police said.

Both shots missed Mitchell, with one striking an adjacent garage, police said.

An anonymous tip led police to a home in the 600 block of North Prospect Street, where Chandler was arrested without incident about 6:20 p.m., police said.

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Chandler was being held at the police station Thursday night pending an appearance before a Washington County District Court commissioner.

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