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NEW CASTLE 5 men arrested after shootout near school



Published: Sat, June 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Pennsylvania State Police stopped the two cars they said were involved in the shootout.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- Several men are being held in Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond after a Friday morning shootout between occupants of two cars near Union High School on Scotland Lane in Union Township.

After being arrested by Pennsylvania State Police and arraigned before District Justice Melissa Amodie, these men were jailed on charges of criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering and various weapons and drug charges: Francis Leland Owens, 19, of Sankey Street, and Darnell Demetrius Latham, 31, of Bluff Street, both in New Castle; and Christopher David Smith, 27, of Crandall Avenue, and Duane Germane Evans, 18, of Fairmont Avenue, both in Youngstown.

Another suspect, Jermaine Lamar Wilson, 19, of Beech Street, New Castle, was arrested by New Castle police and charged in connection with a shooting in New Castle on Thursday, state police said.

State police said Wilson was driving a 1988 Buick with Owens as a passenger, and Smith was driving a 2000 Cadillac with Evans and Latham as passengers about 9 a.m. Friday.

Occupants from both cars became involved in a gunfight as they traveled at high speeds, and both cars were struck multiple times by gunfire, but nobody was hit by gunfire, state police said. Police still don't know what matter started the shooting.

Help: Several state troopers in the area on an unrelated investigation stopped both cars. With the assistance of New Castle and Union Township police, information was obtained that the suspects may have been involved in a shooting Thursday in New Castle, state police said.

No additional information was available late Friday by New Castle police or state police on the Thursday shooting.




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