A Warrington Township man who agreed to let his ex-girlfriend come to his mobile home to retrieve her belongings instead pushed an air conditioner from his window and fired a revolver twice at the woman and her current boyfriend, police said.
Rickey John Kelley, 31, of 950 Kunkle Mill Road, is in York County Prison on $75,000 bail, charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault, plus two counts each of reckless endangerment and making terroristic threats, and four counts of simple assault.
He allegedly shot Jacob Kiraly in the back about 1 p.m. Wednesday, state police allege.
Kiraly, 26, of Mechanicsburg, was treated for his wound at York Hospital and released, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Ashley Barlow, 26, of Duncannon, Perry County, escaped physical injury, police said.
According to charging documents, Barlow and Kelley had been involved for eight months and lived together for a portion of that time, but broke up two months ago. She is now dating Kiraly, police said.
'Tension': Barlow said she had tried to set up a meeting time when she could retrieve her belongings from Kelley and return other property to him, but there had been "tension" between Kelley and Kiraly.
She and Kiraly had even sought the assistance of a York County constable about the matter, according to the charging documents.
Barlow told police she and Kelley, through text messages, agreed to meet at his home between 1 and 1:30 p.m. Wednesday to conduct the property exchange, documents state. Police said they reviewed those text messages, which confirm Barlow's account.
Barlow and Kiraly arrived at Kelley's trailer shortly before 1 p.m., parked and knocked on the front door twice, but got no answer, police said.
Window broke: Barlow then knocked on Kelley's bedroom window because she knows he sleeps during the day, but also got no response, according to police. At that point, she and Kiraly turned around to walk back to their vehicle.
That's when Kelley pushed his air conditioner out of the bedroom window with enough force that the window broke, according to documents.
From his window, Kelley pointed a silver .22-caliber revolver at the couple and fired twice, police allege.
Kiraly told police the first shot missed, and he turned and started running back to his vehicle. The second shot struck him in the center of his back, documents state.
Kiraly said he kept running and went to a neighbor's home to call for help, police said.
Invited in: After shooting his romantic rival, Kelley tried to convince Barlow to come into his trailer by telling her she could retrieve her belongings, charging documents state.
Barlow instead went to her wounded boyfriend, police said.
After being arrested, Kelley told troopers it was Kiraly and Barlow who removed the air conditioner from the window.
But evidence at the crime scene is not consistent with his claim, police said.
Kelley told troopers he was angry at the couple and fired his gun twice to scare them, documents state.
Kelley "claimed he was shooting at his shed and not directly at Kiraly," but there were no bullet holes in the wooden shed, according to documents.
It's unclear whether Kelley has retained an attorney.
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