The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 2, 2013

Girl, 15, shot during party

Suspect, 16, charged as adult

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — A Sharon High sophomore was shot at a party early Monday on Highland Road and police say a 16-year-old pulled the trigger.

A party in a garage at 841 Highland Road, Sharon, spilled out onto the street in front of the Temple Beth Israel Synagogue at 12:38 a.m., when two juveniles got into an argument, police said.

Elliot Gentry Reed Jr., 16, pulled out a handgun and fired several shots into the air and two shots into the crowd, according to Michael Menster, Sharon police chief.

One of the shots hit Shawnae Manning, 15, of Sharon, in the left arm, Menster said.

“Her injuries were serious but not life threatening,” he added.

After shooting into the crowd, Reed, who police said had addresses in Sharon and New Castle, fled the scene, along with a crowd of juveniles that scattered, police said.

Two of Shawnae’s friends took her to the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System.

Police radio traffic after the shooting indicated a chaotic scene on nearby Sharon streets with kids running away and some down Jefferson Avenue to the hospital.

Shawnae’s family and friends caused a disturbance in the hospital, according to Menster, but Sharon police were able to get the situation under control.

Shawnae was eventually moved to Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, which does not release the condition of their patients.

“Reed will be charged as an adult,” Menster said, adding that it was automatically required by the crime codes of Pennsylvania.

Witness statements were taken and evidence recovered from the street, with Hermitage police assisting, Menster said.

Reed turned himself in at 4 p.m. Monday after juvenile probation officers familiar with him worked with his family to bring him in, Menster said.

Reed is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license, attempted criminal homicide, and recklessly endangering another person.

Menster said that police will be looking into other offenses, such as underage drinking as part of their investigation.

Reed was taken to Mercer County jail after failing to post $250,000 bond set by District Judge Dennis M. Songer.