SHARON – Police apprehended a man Friday near Pittsburgh in connection with a September shooting.
Christopher M. Stinson, 30, of Turtle Creek, was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, prohibited possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment in a shooting at 5 p.m. Sept. 28 in the 500 block of Baird Way, police said.
Stinson was caught Friday morning in Turtle Creek, with the help of the U.S. Marshal’s Office, police said.
According to a criminal complaint, police were alerted to the shooting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 by a Baird Way resident, who said he was working in his back yard when a neighbor he knew as “Chris” was involved in a fight.
The resident told police that he heard what he thought was a firecracker. But he later checked a video surveillance system on his property and said he saw “Chris” shooting another man. The resident gave the video to police.
Police said the video showed the victim, a 26-year-old Sharon man, walking east on Baird Way toward a driveway, where Stinson confronted him. The video indicated that the two men spoke, and Stinson hit the victim in the head before shooting him in the leg.
The man’s injures were not life-threatening, Sharon police said. At least five other people were nearby when the shooting took place, resulting in the multiple reckless endangerment charges.
Police later found a 9 mm shell casing on Baird Way near what police said was the scene of the shooting.
Shortly after the shooting, a woman identified as Chris’ girlfriend left with a bag in a gray Toyota Camry, according to the criminal complaint. Using the vehicle registration, Facebook and the Pennsylvania Justice Network, police were able to identify “Chris” as Stinson.
Police then spoke with the victim, who identified Stinson as the shooter out of an eight-person photo lineup. The victim confirmed that he knew Stinson as “Chris.”
District Judge Dennis M. Songer arraigned Stinson Friday. He was taken to Mercer County Jail after failing to post a $500,000 bond.
A preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 18.
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