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NEW CASTLE Shooting near store injures two



Published: Mon, September 9, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A bystander was shot in the back.

NEW CASTLE, Pa. -- City police were expected this morning to file charges in a shooting near the West Side Mini Mart.

Two men were injured, including one who was a bystander, as shots were fired just after 3 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Donald Altman, who police believe is 65, was shot in the back and taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. His condition and address were not available this morning.

Michael Polite, 23, of Hilton Street, Youngstown, was shot in the right foot and treated at Jameson Hospital in New Castle.

Police said Polite was inside the West Side Mini Mart when two men he knew approached him and started to pistol whip him with a 9mm handgun. Polite broke free and ran away, police said.

Shots fired

Shots were fired and Altman, who was walking down the street, fell to the ground, authorities said. Polite was shot in the foot, but kept running, they said. He was later found at the Bolinger Playground on Lowry and North streets.

Police were expected this morning to file the following charges against an 18-year-old New Castle man: criminal conspiracy to commit homicide, criminal conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy to commit simple assault, criminal conspiracy, eight counts of recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and harassment.

They said the following charges were to be filed against a 20-year-old New Castle man: criminal attempt to commit homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of simple assault, eight counts of recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats and carrying a firearm without a license.




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