The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 10, 2013

Victim identifies shooter

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

FARRELL — When the alleged victim in a 2011 shooting in Farrell initially was asked by police who shot him, he said he didn’t see.

“I didn’t want to be involved,” the man, whose name is being withheld at the request of the prosecutors, testified Tuesday. “I wanted to get away from it.”

The man said he moved out of town for a while, but decided to come back.

“I don’t feel safe around here since then,” he said, and voluntarily went May 19 to Southwest Mercer County Regional police to identify the shooter, whom he said was Tavares J. Norris, 31, of 926 Market Ave., Farrell.

The victim showed District Judge Ronald E. Antos, Farrell, the lump on the right side of his chest where he said the bullet remains.

The man testified he pulled up to one of the gas pumps late at night Oct. 8 at Farrell Speed Check, 1301 Sharon-New Castle Road, and went into the convenience store for snacks, drinks and tobacco products.

When he walked out, someone hit him in the back of the head with a bottle and he got into a fight with the man, whom he said he didn’t know.

The fight broke up and he went back to his car. As he sat in the driver’s seat with the motor running, Norris and another man walked toward the car. Norris pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired, the victim said. The bullet hit the outside mirror and went through the driver’s door window before hitting him, the man said. A second shot lodged in the door.

The man drove himself to a local hospital and he was transferred to a Pittsburgh hospital, from which he was released the next day.

Antos held for court charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, but dismissed a charge of carrying a firearm without a license. Defense attorney Stanley T. Booker argued that there was no evidence Norris concealed the gun, an element of the offense, and Assistant District Attorney William J. Moder III did not object.

Norris was returned to Mercer County Jail.