A former Sharon man charged with firing a gun early Aug. 13 on the Oakland Avenue Viaduct faced a preliminary hearing Thursday on charges stemming from an alleged shooting two hours earlier.

No one was hurt in either incident.

Jovan D. Lewis, 26, of Youngstown, formerly of West Budd Street, is charged with firing one shot at about midnight Aug. 12 through a window from inside a Willow Village apartment.

Charges of simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license were held to court Thursday by District Judge James E. McMahon.

At that hearing, Audrey Brant testified that Lewis was in her apartment at about 11:30 p.m. Aug. 12 and that he had a gun and was “acting real funny.”

Several people were talking in her bedroom because the air conditioning in the other room wasn’t working, Ms. Brant said.

Ms. Brant said Lewis talked about taking pills and became angry when she would not answer questions about her relationship with his cousin.

Lewis opened the blind, window and a screen and fired a shot out the window, Ms. Brant said.

Before Lewis left, she said he told her that if she called the police he’d kill her. “He said if he got into trouble when he got out, he was coming back for me and he didn’t care who was in the house,” Ms. Brant testified.

Ms. Brant said she went to her mother’s home shortly after Lewis left because she couldn’t find her apartment keys. She said her mother called the police.

Lewis was arrested at about 2 a.m. after shots were fired in the 100 block of South Oakland Avenue.

Detective Steven Ray said Lewis denied that he had fired the handgun at Ms. Brant’s apartment. Police did not find any shell casings in the building or a bullet outside, nor were tests for gunpowder residue done on Lewis’ hands, Ray said.

Lewis is charged with aggravated assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, unlawful possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license for the incident on the viaduct, police said.

A preliminary hearing on those charges was continued to Aug. 30 before McMahon because witnesses were not available.

Lewis was returned to Mercer County Jail after failing to post bond that McMahon lowered from $25,000 to $5,000.

Prior to the hearing, Sharon police had not released information about the alleged shooting at Willow Village.

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