Police: Dad, daughter did drive-by shooting in York City

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • York City Police allege Amber Penn and father Charles Brown did a drive-by shooting together.
  • Victim Kelsey Pifer survived a gunshot wound to her torso, police have said.
  • Police say it was Brown who fired a gun four or five times at the young woman.

Everyone knows fathers should take an interest in their kids' lives. But court documents suggest a Manchester Township man became way too involved in his adult daughter's drama, and now both are charged with attempted first-degree murder.

Charles Lindbergh Brown

York City Police allege 59-year-old Charles Lindbergh Brown and his 23-year-old daughter, Amber Nicholle Penn, were behind a March 24 drive-by shooting in York City that left a woman with a gunshot wound to her torso.

Brown is free on $150,000 bail and Penn is free on $75,000 bail, according to court records; both live at 2525 Pampas Drive.

Penn was corresponding on Facebook Messenger with Kelsey Pifer shortly before 2 a.m. that day, accusing Pifer of breaking out the back window of Penn's Toyota Camry, according to charging documents.

Screaming heard: At some point they spoke over the phone as well. Pifer told officers that during the conversation she heard a man who identified himself as Charlie Brown screaming in the background at her for "messing with his daughter," documents state.

Pifer told Penn she hadn't vandalized Penn's car, at which point Penn commented "that Pifer has a pretty truck" and hung up, according to police.

York City Police said Amber Penn and her father, Charles Brown, are responsible for a drive-by shooting that injured a woman.

Suspecting Penn might try to vandalize her truck — which was parked to the rear of the 100 block of Richland Avenue — Pifer went outside to move it, documents state. That's when she spotted a slow-moving blue Toyota Camry pulling up near her truck with Penn in the passenger seat and Brown driving, police allege.

Pifer yelled at them not to touch her car, and Brown responded by calling her a b—, documents state.

He then fired four or five gunshots toward Pifer, hitting her in the torso, police said. One of the bullets went through the passenger window of her truck, shattering the window and hitting the dashboard, documents state.

Pifer, 25, survived but was seriously hurt, according to documents.

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Formal arraignments: The father and daughter co-defendants were scheduled to have their formal court arraignments Friday in York County Court. The proceeding is largely a formality in which defendants enter a not-guilty plea, even those who eventually end up pleading guilty.

Public defender Ron Jackson Jr., who represents Brown, said his client filed a form waiving his arraignment rights. He said he could not comment further.

Defense attorney George Marros, who represents Penn, did not return a phone message seeking comment Sunday.

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Brown and Penn are charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault and felony criminal mischief. Brown also is charged with being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

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