Police: Felon shot York City man, possibly blinding him

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Police allege Calvin Fountain Sr., 53, shot Reginald Taylor in the face with a shotgun on Aug. 11.
  • Taylor, 48, suffered serious facial injuries and might not regain his eyesight, police said.

An ongoing dispute caused a Mount Wolf-area man to shoot a York City man in the face with a shotgun — and the victim might be permanently blinded, according to police.

Calvin James Fountain Sr., 53, of 130 S. Poplar Court in East Manchester Township, is in York County Prison on $750,000 bail, charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and being a convicted felon in illegal possession of a firearm.

"The motivation of this shooting was an ongoing dispute between the two men," said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the York City detective bureau.

Calvin Fountain Sr.

He declined to say what the dispute is about because investigators aren't yet entirely sure.

Reginald Taylor, 48, was in the 400 block of Park Street about 4:30 a.m. Aug. 11 when he was shot in the face with a shotgun blast, Bankert has said. Taylor lives on Park Street.

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Taylor was rushed to York Hospital by ambulance, where it was discovered he had been hit in the face by about 30 shotgun pellets, charging documents state.

After initial treatment, Taylor was transferred to Good Samaritan Hospital in Maryland, where York City Detective Travis Sowers first interviewed him on Aug. 23.

"He advised he was going to work and sitting in his vehicle when Calvin Fountain fired a shotgun at his face from the passenger-side door," Sowers wrote in charging documents.

Taylor, who was subsequently released from the hospital, went to the police station for another interview Wednesday, police said.

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His eyes are still bandaged shut, and he was told by doctors he might never regain his eyesight, documents state.

It is unclear whether Fountain has retained an attorney.

Fountain told Sowers he didn't shoot Taylor, according to charging documents.

Fountain has felony convictions for receiving stolen property, documents state.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.