The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

February 28, 2012

Teen charged in shooting

Arrested after hours-long standoff

FARRELL — A Farrell man was shot in the leg at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in the front doorway of 1020 Hamilton Ave.

The shooting spurred a 2è-hour standoff between police and a New Castle teen who was holed up alone at 1040 Hamilton, where authorities believed the gunman was hiding.

That gunman, whom police identified as Lewis Brewer, 17, of New Castle, surrendered after 2èhours and was initially taken into custody on probation violations in Lawrence County, Southwest Mercer County Regional Police Chief Riley Smoot said.

After reviewing surveillance camera footage police gathered in the neighborhood, Brewer was charged with aggravated assault, reckless endangering and carrying firearms without a license, according to a news release issued by Smoot late Monday.

The victim, James White, 18, told police he couldn’t identify the person who shot him. He was in surgery Monday evening in St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown, Smoot said.

The hospital doesn’t release conditions for “trauma patients,” according to a spokeswoman.

White doesn’t live at 1020 Hamilton Ave., Smoot said, but he was apparently entering the front door when he was shot. By the time authorities arrived, no one else was in the home.

After White was taken to the hospital, police at the scene heard the suspected shooter might be hiding in 1040 Hamilton, spurring a standoff that brought a crowd of emergency personnel to the scene.

Hamilton Avenue was cleared of people between French and Idaho streets and a large group congregated at French and Hamilton to watch.

About 20 policeman, including members of the Mercer County Critical Incident Response Team, Sharon police and Mercer County Sheriff’s deputies responded.

Shortly before 4:45 p.m. Brewer surrendered, coming out wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt with his hands raised.

“No one else was in the house,” Smoot said.

Brewer was awaiting arraignment Monday night.

Neighbors and curiosity seekers spent much of the afternoon watching the events unfold. Some said they heard two gunshots when White was shot.

CIRT assisted Southwest police in a search of both houses, Smoot said.

In July 2010, when Brewer was 15, he was charged with attempted homicide and other crimes in a New Castle shooting.

Those charges were withdrawn because the alleged victim and witnesses vanished before they could be called to testify, according to the New Castle News.

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