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Arrest warrant is issued in shooting

January 14, 2004|by DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Borough police have issued an arrest warrant for a Philadelphia man wanted in a Dec. 21 shooting in which another man was wounded outside a tavern.

Kareem Smith, 24, no fixed address, is charged in the warrant with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, illegal possession of a firearm, altering the identification marks of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed with District Justice Gary Carter's office.

Police said Loderick L. Gordon, 22, address unavailable, of Hagerstown was shot at about 2 a.m. Dec. 21 in the parking lot of Rob and Dara's Tavern at 464 Hollywell Ave. Gordon was hit by a single .45-caliber bullet that struck him in the abdomen and upper right thigh.

Gordon was treated at Chambersburg Hospital and then York (Pa.) Hospital. He was released the day of the shooting, according to police.

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Gordon told police after the shooting that there was an altercation between two of his friends and an unknown bearded black male. When Gordon tried to break up the fight, the man got a gun out of the trunk of a car and shot him, according to the affidavit.

The 1998 Ford Contour later was determined to belong to a Waynesboro, Pa., woman, police said. A .45-caliber shell casing and the key to the car were found in the parking lot and police found a Hi-point .45-caliber pistol on the trunk.

The owner of the car, Vernetta Cooper, address unavailable, told police she had given the car to a nephew, Julius Teachey, but he had returned without the vehicle, telling her it had been stolen while he left it unlocked with the motor running outside a Radio Shack.

Teachey, address unavailable, later told police he lied about it being stolen and he was using the car with his older brother, Smith, the night of the shooting, according to the affidavit.

On Dec. 31, Detective Will Frisby interviewed a woman who had driven Smith to the club. The woman said she had spoken with Smith by phone and her told her he shot Gordon "because he thought he was getting a gun out to shoot him first," according to the affidavit.

Frisby spoke to another woman on Jan. 2 who, according to the affidavit, told him Smith had related a similar account to her of the shooting.

Smith previously had been convicted of felony drug possession and also is wanted for state parole violations, according to police.

Anyone with information about Smith's whereabouts can call borough police at 717-264-4131 or any municipal or state police department.

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