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BRECKNOCK TOWNSHIP, LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa.– A Mohnton teenager is facing charges after Pennsylvania State Police say he shot a man in the head during an argument in Lancaster County on Sunday afternoon.

Alexander J. Murray, 19, is charged with aggravated assault. He was arraigned Monday and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $750,000 bail.

According to state police, Murray intentionally shot 22-year-old Timothy  H. Demeritt, of Bowmansville inside a home along the 200 block of Orchard Road in Brecknock Township shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Demeritt was taken to Reading Hospital and is considered brain dead, according to the criminal complaint.

Murray admitted to pointing the gun at Demeritt during an argument in an attempt to intimidate him, the affidavit states.

Murray told investigators he pulled the trigger and believed the safety was on and didn’t expect it to go off, according to court documents.