SHARON — Police apprehended two men in Allegheny County on warrants issued in connection with two shootings in Sharon.
Justin Jauwn Kellum, 28, of Pittsburgh, is charged with attempted homicide, robbery, aggravated assault and prohibited possession of a firearm, following a shooting March 22 that wounded two people, Sharon police said.
Kellum and Anthony Leonard, also of Pittsburgh, were arrested Monday in McKees Rocks by U.S. Marshal’s deputies. Sharon police transported the two men to Mercer County Jail after they signed waivers for bond in Allegheny County.
Leonard had been charged with prohibited possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license in a related shooting Nov. 26 in the 200 block of Mesabi Street, Sharon.
Kellum’s charges stem from a shooting at 10:22 p.m. March 22 at 316 Mesabi St. in Sharon. Police said responding officers found the building’s front door slightly open and found that the shooting took place during a robbery attempt.
According to a criminal complaint, police found a 34-year-old Warren, Ohio, man and a 25-year-old Sharon woman, both wounded, inside the apartment. The man had been shot in the face and the woman had sustained a gunshot wound to the leg.
Both were taken to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown. Sharon police Capt. Travis Martwinski said the man was remains in critical condition but is stable. The woman has been released.
The criminal complaint states that the woman said the shooter was a man called “Fro,” later identified as Kellum. She told police that Kellum, armed with a handgun, confronted the man and woman and demanded money and anything else of value.
Kellum and the man then struggled over the gun, police said, then Kellum fired several shots that hit the man in the face and neck. Kellum then fired two shots at the woman as she called 911.
Police reviewed Kellum’s criminal history and found he had felony convictions that prohibit him from possessing a firearm. Martwinski said police suspected that Kellum and Leonard were associates and would be found together.
The pair were arraigned before District Judge Dennis M. Songer and taken to Mercer County Jail. Kellum has a bond of $500,000 and Leonard’s bond is $50,000.
Martwinski tried to dispell notions that law enforcement in Mercer County has stopped apprehending suspects during the COVID-19 outbreak.
“The public thinks we’re not arresting people,” Martwinski said. “We are still arresting people and we are still putting them in jail. The jail is accepting them.”
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