By Elise Franco
An 18-year-old Canfield man is charged with felonious assault after he put one bullet into a gun and fired it until the bullet discharged, in what he called an attempt to scare his friend.
Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci said Marc Z. Hood, 18, of Canfield, was charged Wednesday morning with felonious assault and tampering with evidence. He’s accused of shooting 18-year-old Sean Swegan in the stomach with a .38-caliber revolver.
The shooting happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at 238 W. Main St., the home of Jonla K. Dailey, 52, Colucci said.
Swegan, of Canfield, was released Wednesday afternoon from St. Eliza-beth Health Center.
Colucci said Hood admitted getting the gun from his grandfather to scare the victim as a prank.
“Hood loaded one bullet into the gun, hid in a closet, and when the victim walked into the room he jumped out and pulled the gun out,” he said. “He then proceeded to ‘dry fire’ the gun until it went off.”
During initial interviews with police, all the parties involved, including the victim, said the injury was the result of a bottle rocket hitting the victim, Colucci said.
While at the emergency room in Austintown, the teens told doctors the injury was a gunshot wound suffered during a robbery in Youngstown.
Both claims were determined to be false.
“They said they lied because they were scared and didn’t know how to handle the situation,” he said. “They were also trying to protect [Hood.]”
Shelton A. Dailey, 17, Jonla Dailey’s son, was referred to Mahoning County Juvenile Court for complicity to felonious assault, and tampering with evidence.
Jonla Dailey is charged with tampering with evidence. Colucci said Jonla Dailey made the 911 call to police and lied about what happened.
The police chief said it’s possible two other 18-year-olds who were at the scene will be charged.
During the 911 call, Jonla Dailey is heard telling the dispatcher that the teens were upstairs playing with bottle rockets when one went off, hitting the victim.
Later in the call, while on hold, Jonla Dailey said to someone in the background, “Try to straighten up the upstairs as much as you can in case them police get here. We’re in big trouble.”
Colucci said Jonla Dailey knew the victim was shot but went along with the bottle-rocket story.
She and Hood were arraigned Wednesday evening in Mahoning County Area Court here. No pleas were accepted because the charges are felonies.
Hood’s $20,000 bond was continued, and he is in Mahoning County jail. Dailey was released on her own recognizance at the request of Nick Modarelli, an assistant county prosecutor, and Canfield police, because of custody issues involving her 14-year-old daughter and her ex-husband.