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Teen charged as adult in square shooting

June 14, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - A Waynesboro teen has been charged as an adult in two pellet gun shooting incidents on Pa. 16 in the past month.

Wayne Lester Guessford, 16, of 36 W. Main St. originally was charged as a juvenile but has now been arraigned on two counts of propulsion of missiles into an occupied vehicle or onto the roadway, two counts of reckless endangerment, one count of aggravated assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Guessford was being held Tuesday night in Franklin County (Pa.) Prison in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Waynesboro police allege Guessford fired a pellet that hit Kile Nelson, 55, of Waynesboro, as Nelson drove west of Center Square at 11:10 p.m. on May 24.

Nelson saw he was bleeding and drove himself to the emergency room of Waynesboro Hospital, from where he was airlifted to Hershey Medical Center. The pellet moved downward after entering Nelson two inches from his windpipe, according to court documents.

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He was discharged from Hershey Medical Center on May 26, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Police said they connected Guessford to the incident after a woman reported that her vehicle was shot as she drove in the first block of West Main Street around 2:40 a.m. on June 3.

Officers allege in court documents that they heard the sounds of something hitting glass and the loading of a gun as they approached the third floor of 36 W. Main St.

In the apartment, police found Guessford, a 17-year-old boy, a loaded pellet gun and a can of pellets appearing to be the same kind that hit Nelson, court documents said.

The 17-year-old has been charged as a juvenile with criminal mischief for his involvement in the June 3 incident, police said.

Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz scheduled a preliminary hearing on Guessford's charges for June 20 at 9 a.m. in Franklin County Court.

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