Police 'flushing out leads' in Chambersburg shooting death

September 18, 2012|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Calvin Warren James Beam of Chambersburg, Pa., died early Tuesday after a shooting in the area of Franklin Street and Martin Avenue in Chambersburg, according to police.
Photo by Roxann Miller

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — There are a lot of leads but no suspects in the Monday night shooting death of an 18-year-old Chambersburg man, Chambersburg Police Chief David Arnold said Tuesday.

“Right now, we’re talking to people,” Arnold said.

Calvin Warren James Beam died early Tuesday after a shooting in the area of Franklin Street and Martin Avenue in Chambersburg, police said.

Police responded to a call of shots fired at about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Beam was shot at least twice, Arnold said.

A house also was hit by gunfire in the first block of North Franklin Street, but Arnold said no one in the house was injured.

The incident began in the first block of North Franklin Street, police said. Beam was found in the parking lot behind the Franklin Fire Co. at 158 W. King St. 

“We don’t know if he was being chased and that’s where he ended up, or if he just headed over that way and he collapsed,” Arnold said.


Police said Beam was alive at the scene and was taken to Chambersburg Hospital. From there, he was flown to Milton S. Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, where he died at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, Arnold said. 

Right now, police are “flushing out” leads, he said. 

He asked the community for help in finding the person or people responsible for the shooting.

“If there are people out there who have information on this case, the first thing is we need assistance. Call 911, call the front desk (Chambersburg Police) or call Crime Stoppers if you want to be anonymous,” Arnold said. “The information that you have might be what is helpful to us.”

Police have not determined a motive for the shooting, Arnold said, and no weapon was recovered.

With the shooter on the loose, neighbors living and working near the shooting scene are fearful.

“I don’t really feel too safe around here,” Richard Danzberger of Martin Avenue said.

He didn’t know Beam, but said his girlfriend graduated with Beam from Chambersburg Area Senior High School in 2011.

“It’s not the greatest part of town,” Danzberger said. “But, it’s the first time anything like this has happened.” 

He didn’t hear anything Monday night, but said a bullet went throw his uncle’s home at 35 N. Franklin St.

“A bullet ricocheted into his window and it lodged in his wall behind the TV,” Danzberger said.

The shooting took place near The Salvation Army at 159 Lincoln Way West and the Franklin Fire Co. 

Fred Steiner said he doesn’t want anyone else hurt.

“It’s a shame when we have to worry about our children that are here (at The Salvation Army). That’s why I am walking around. It’s a sad situation,” said Steiner, a Chambersburg resident and Salvation Army volunteer.

“That person needs to be found,” Steiner said. “It’s terrible to shoot a person once, but to shoot them several times, it’s really uncalled for.” 

Anyone with information about the shooting may call Chambersburg police at 717-264-4131 or Franklin County (Pa.) Crime Solvers at 717-263-3000.

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