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19-year-old Lebanon man charged in shooting of 15-year-old

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James Coward

LEBANON, Pa. – A 19-year-old Lebanon man is charged with Aggravated Assault, Simple Assault and Recklessly Endangering Another and Receiving Stolen Property in a shooting.   It happened at about 11:38 a.m. Tuesday at 302 E. Weidman Street.

Police say a witness saw a male being placed in a van and the witness believed the male had a gunshot wound.  Police stopped the van shortly afterwards and found a male juvenile with an apparent gunshot wound to the left upper thigh.  The wound did not appear to be life-threatening but the juvenile was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The victim said that he was shot on the 100 block of East Scull Street.  However, an investigation revealed several people, all known to each other, had been in a room within 302 E. Weidman Street when James Coward was handling a firearm.  The firearm discharged while Coward was holding it and the 15-year-old juvenile was struck by the bullet.

Police obtained a search warrant for the residence.  A handgun matching the description involved in the incident was recovered from the scene.  The firearm was determined to have been stolen.

Police say their investigation is ongoing.