Sharon athlete killed in shooting
A 17-year-old Sharon High School basketball player was shot and killed Sunday, and another Sharon teen is charged with criminal homicide in his death.
Sharon Police Chief Michael Menster said police got a call from Sharon Regional Health Sytem that Leangelo Ford, who lived on Ravine Place in Sharon, was there with a gunshot wound to the chest.
Menster said two people had dropped off Ford at the emergency room, including the teen who is now charged in his death.
Jontae Barnes, 19, of Liberty Street, left the hospital on foot, Menster said. Hospital security notified police and gave a description of Barnes, he said.
An officer on his way to the hospital spotted Barnes at State Street and Oakland Avenue. After a short foot chase, Menster said, Barnes was caught at Prindle and Edgewood streets.
The hospital pronounced Ford dead at 1:47 a.m.
Menster said Ford was shot in a residence at 20 Strawbridge Ave. in Sharon. After police searched the house and collected evidence, Barnes was charged, he said.
Barnes, a former player on the Tigers basketball team, was arraigned in the district court in Greenville, Pa., later Sunday morning.
He was given a $200,000 bond and held on a parole detainer. Menster said Barnes was on parole for criminal trespass.
He is now in the Mercer County Jail.
Menster said it is too early in the investigation for him to comment on a motive for the shooting.
The Mercer County coroner is expected to perform an autopsy today, he said.
Ford was a rising basketball star for the Sharon High School Tigers, reported the Vindicator’s news partner, 21 WFMJ-TV.
Coach Jason Rankin described Ford, a guard on the Tigers boys basketball team, as someone who worked hard and handled the ball like a professional, the station reported.
Ford was also a member of the Pennsylvania Kings Basketball Club. The club says it stresses a true family environment where the players come first. Pennsylvania Kings concentrates on providing quality instruction to our young people while competing in tournaments around the country, its website says.
Sharon Superintendent John Sarandrea told WFMJ that Ford was a good student and athlete.
WFMJ reported that there will be guidance counselors at the school Tuesday to help students.