Police: York man shot up a car full of high schoolers
AUG. 31, 2017, UPDATE:
Andrew Smith pleaded guilty to some of the charges against him. For details about his sentence, click on the link below:
A York City man who police say shot up a car filled with teenagers after the teens drove off on a drug deal without paying early Monday morning is in custody on attempted murder charges, online records show.
Andrew Nicholas Smith, 20, 633 W. College Ave., is charged with four counts each of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, as well as one count of carrying a firearm without a license.
The incident took place at 12:59 a.m. Monday outside the Sunoco gas station at the corner of North Oxford and West Market streets in West Manchester Township, according to police. No injuries were reported.
West Manchester Township Police Department Detective Sgt. Jeff Snell said the investigation is ongoing.
"We have other aspects we want to look at," he said.
A quarter: Charging documents said four teens, ages 16 to 18, pulled into the gas station parking lot at 1947 W. Market St. to wait for a man they'd arranged through Facebook to meet up with to purchase a quarter ounce of marijuana. The dealer showed up with a backup man who stood off to the side as the transaction took place, but when the dealer handed over the weed, the teens drove off without paying, according to the court documents.
As the dealer grabbed for the passenger door handle, one of the rear passengers looked back and saw the backup man, later identified as Smith, pull a gun from his waistband, the documents said. He then saw a flash come from the gun, he told police.
The passenger yelled "gun," and the occupants ducked inside the vehicle as shots rang out and glass shattered around them. He reported hearing at least four shots and said one of the bullets came through the back window and struck the front windshield, narrowly missing the driver's head.
The driver, a 17-year-old female, continued to drive "out of fear and panic," the documents said.
Shots fired: West York Police were called to the scene of the shooting by a 911 caller who reported hearing shots fired, but officers initially found neither a crime scene nor a victim in the area.
About an hour later, Officer Michael Jordan, who responded to the shots fired call, was dispatched to the female driver's house, where her older sister and guardian had called police to report the damage to the vehicle.
Victims' stories match: After interviewing the driver into the early morning hours, police learned that she and the other occupants had gone to Dover Township earlier in the evening Sunday, and then went to West York where they hung out into Monday morning. Somewhere in that time frame, the teens made arrangements to meet up with a man for a drug transaction, the charging documents said.
All four occupants of the vehicle were interviewed at separate times and with their parents present. Each told nearly identical stories, according to the documents. Only the rear left passenger saw the gun, the documents said, but he and another of the occupants reported receiving a text message from Smith the next day that said, "Dam cuz, yal thought that was sweet," which they took to reference their driving off without paying for the marijuana, the documents said.
"Additional charges might be possible," Snell said. "The case is ongoing at this particular point."
Smith is being held in York County Prison under $500,000 bond pending a preliminary hearing at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 24.
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