Trial ahead for man accused of firing at car full of teens
At 5-feet-7 and 145 pounds, Andrew Nicholas Smith doesn't seem the likely choice to take along as muscle, if you're planning a drug deal.
But the York City man didn't hesitate to pull his 9 mm handgun and fire repeatedly when four high school students stole a quarter-ounce of marijuana from Smith's drug-dealing buddy near a gas station in West Manchester Township, according to allegations in his charging documents.
Smith, 20, of 633 W. College Ave., remains in York County Prison, unable to post his $500,000 bail. He appeared at the office of District Judge Keith Albright on Monday for his scheduled preliminary hearing, as did his alleged victims, but the proceeding was avoided when Smith waived his case to York County Court for trial.
Albright then set Smith's formal court arraignment for Dec. 16, court records state.
Senior deputy prosecutor Jonathan Blake and defense attorney George Matangos agreed to the waiver after the prosecution offered to withdraw some of the charges against Smith.
Blake on Monday withdrew four counts of attempted homicide that had been lodged against Smith, who remains charged with four counts each of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment and one count of carrying a firearm without a license.
Matangos declined comment afterward.
The background: Charging documents state four Dover-area teens — three juveniles and 18-year-old Rahmeire Bradshaw — agreed to buy a quarter-ounce of marijuana from someone and drove to a gas station at the corner of West Market and North Oxford streets in the early-morning hours of Aug. 29.
About 1 a.m., the dealer approached the front passenger window of the teens' car and handed a baggie of pot to Bradshaw, who told the 17-year-old driver, "Go! Go!" and the girl drove off, West Manchester Township Police allege.
The teens later told police they heard multiple gunshots, and that one of the bullets went through the vehicle's back window and hit the front window, narrowly missing the girl behind the wheel, documents state.
It was just seconds after the car took off that gunfire erupted, according to charging documents.
The alleged drug dealer initially held on to the fleeing car, which is why three of the teens inside believed it was the dealer's companion — Smith, police said — who fired the shots.
One saw gunfire: One of the four teens looked back and saw Smith fire after pulling a gun from his waistband, documents allege.
Police said they collected eight spent shell casings from the area, all 9 mm, documents state.
The juvenile driver reported the shooting after going home and speaking about it with her older sister, who is her legal guardian, police said.
Smith allegedly sent one of the teens a message via Facebook that read, "Dam cuz yal thought it was sweet." The teen told officers he believes this was Smith's way of taking credit for shooting at them, police said.
Bradshaw told investigators the teens had agreed to take the marijuana without paying for it, documents state.
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