Two victims shot Monday outside an East Buffalo Township home were identified by Buffalo Valley Regional Police, who are now asking for any witnesses to contact the department or Central Susquehanna Valley Regional 911.
Police apprehended one suspect who was expected to be arraigned late Tuesday night, according to Chief Paul Yost.
The suspect is believed to be the driver of a light green 2009 Subaru Forester XT used in the drive-by shooting, Yost confirmed, adding that the shooter remained at large.
According to a search warrant obtained for the vehicle, a rear-seat, driver-side passenger leaned out of the vehicle’s window and fired at the front porch of 1704 W. Market St., Route 45, about 7:30 p.m. Monday.
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At least four people including a young child were on the porch at the time, the warrant states.
Daevon Bodden, 19, suffered a gunshot in his right upper leg, a warrant states, while a bullet grazed through the back of a t-shirt worn by Jaheem Lewis, 18, and shaved skin from his neck. Both were treated at Geisinger, police said.
Bodden returned fire as the vehicle sped away west on Market Street, Baumwoll said.
Both men live in Lewisburg but don’t reside at the home where the shooting occurred, according to police.
A woman and child fled to safety and were soon after met by police along the nearby Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, according to a warrant. Another woman who lives at the home also escaped harm, the warrant states.
Officers found the Subaru parked at Century Village Apartments in East Buffalo Township near the municipal border with Lewisburg, according to the warrant. Officers sought guns, ammunition and forensic evidence including DNA and fingerprints. It wasn’t known late Tuesday what, if anything, had been recovered.
Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey Rowe issued the search warrant just before 6 a.m. Tuesday. It was the second warrant issued in the investigation. The first issued by Rowe at 12:38 a.m. Tuesday sought to preserve evidence inside and outside the home including at least seven spent bullet casings, the warrant states.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or observed anything suspicious is asked to contact police at 570-524-4302 or 911 non-emergency line at 570-523-1113.
Surveillance video footage from A-1 Lock & Key, 1712 W. Market St., showed a vehicle slow down outside of the home and captured the moments when the shots were fired, a warrant states.
One bullet pierced the front door of the home, according to a warrant. In addition to the spent casings, police said holders for two handguns, a .40 caliber and a .45 caliber, were located inside the home.
Bodden told police he fired a .40 caliber handgun at the vehicle but couldn’t recall where he put the gun immediately after the shooting, according to a warrant.
Cpl. Shawn Burns identified the vehicle and its unique characteristics including hood scoop and rear spoiler, according to a warrant.
Burns described himself in the warrant as an “enthusiastic owner” of a Subaru Forester XT model. The police officer detailed multiple characteristics about the model, how it derives from stock models and how it’s a unique find in the Valley.
William Cameron Engine Co. ambulance crews drove Bodden and Lewis to Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, for treatment. Lewis was treated and released, and Bodden was admitted for further medical care, police said.
Bodden was not listed as a patient at Geisinger late Tuesday morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.
The scene of the shooting is near the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail, and people were using the public space at the time, according to public emergency communications.
Assisting the investigation were members of Pennsylvania State Police, Milton and Mifflinburg police departments and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.