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3 more, including victim, charged in Econo Lodge shootout
Three more people face charges stemming from the August shootout in a York-area Econo Lodge parking lot — including the man who ended up in the hospital with life-threatening injuries from the wounds he suffered.
Myannh Andrew Legette, 19, of 1653 Filbert St. in West York, faces charges of illegal possession of a firearm and carrying a firearm without a license, which are both third-degree felonies, according to charging documents filed Oct. 5 by Northern York County Regional Police.
Police say that on Aug. 20, Legette was in the process of selling a gun he wasn't allowed to possess to four other men when they opened fire on him, critically wounding him.
Police also filed charges Oct. 5 against two other men. Justin Alexander Martinez, 21, of 1827 Ashcombe Drive in Dover Township, faces charges of first-degree felony aggravated assault as well as illegal possession of a firearm, reckless endangerment and other related offenses, according to documents. Brian Paul Iglesias, 20, of 1671 Westgate Drive in West Manchester Township, faces charges of hindering apprehension and giving false identification to law enforcement, according to documents.
It brings the total number of people facing charges in the shootout to six — Khafre Raheem Johnson, 23, of 223 W. College Ave., and twin brothers Kristopher Lee Ray and Jordan Adrion Ray, also 23, of 706 Courtland St., face charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to charging documents filed Sept. 30 by Northern York County Regional Police. Kristopher Ray and Johnson face additional charges of illegally carrying a firearm and shooting into an occupied structure.
District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf denied bail to Johnson and Kristopher Ray, who both remain in York County Prison, according to records. Iglesias hasn't yet been arraigned on the charges he faces in this case but has been in jail since the day after the shootout on a parole violation, according to prison records. As of Tuesday evening, Martinez, Legette and Jordan Ray were not in jail and hadn't yet been arraigned on their charges, according to records.
What happened: Police say the Ray twins, Johnson and a yet-unidentified man they believe is known as "Mouse" went to buy a gun from Legette about 9 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Econo Lodge parking lot, off Route 30 at 222 Arsenal Road in Manchester Township, where Legette had been staying.
The sequence of events that led to the shooting began the day before, when Kristopher Ray and another man, Chance Harrington, realized they were sleeping with the same pregnant woman, according to documents. They were angry at each other at first, police say Harrington told them, but then they talked it out and realized they had something in common: Ray wanted a gun, and Harrington had a friend (Legette) who was selling one.
They organized the meetup in the back lot of the Econo Lodge, where Ray showed up in a sedan and several other people rolled up in a white van. As Legette and Ray spoke, the van moved between Harrington and Legette, and someone from it shouted "What's up now, p—," before someone in the van opened fire, documents state Harrington told police.
Facebook messages police viewed confirmed the key parts of Harrington's story, police say. Via the messages, Legette agreed to sell a 9 mm handgun with hollow-point bullets for between $225 and $250.
When police tracked down Jordan Ray, he told them he had gotten his grandmother's white van, rounded up Johnson and Mouse — who had a handgun each and 50 bullets between them — and headed to the motel, according to police.
Jordan Ray told officers that he didn't see much, as bullets started flying right after they pulled up in the back parking lot and he ducked for cover when Johnson and Mouse opened fire, documents state. He told police that he asked Johnson and Mouse why they started shooting, and they told him Legette was reaching for a gun.
Police say surveillance video shows the vehicles pulling away while Martinez, who was outside the motel, returned fire as others outside ran back toward the motel.
Officers found five bullet holes in the walls of the motel building, according to documents. The Monday after the shooting, bullet holes were visible in cars some distance down the parking lot, and more appeared evident in the pavement around the scene.
Police say that Legette remained in critical condition in the days after the shooting and needed at least two surgeries. He was discharged from the hospital Sept. 2, according to records at York Hospital.
Shortly after Legette was shot, Iglesias, his friend, drove him to the hospital, police say. There, Legette gave his brother's name and other false information about what had just happened, according to charging documents. Police allege Iglesias and Amanda Wise, who also went to the hospital with Legette, changed their stories "multiple times."
Kristopher Ray's preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, and Johnson's is slated for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 21; both will take place at Oberdorf's offices at 3202 Farmtrail Road in Manchester Township, according to online court records.