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2nd man arrested in Weatherly drive-by shooting

Published March 09. 2011 05:00PM

Weatherly police have arrested a second suspect in a drive-by shooting incident that occurred in the borough on Feb. 13.

Police have charged Christopher Ray Harris, of 133 S. Hancock St., McAdoo, with charges relating to the incident. He was arrested at his home Monday evening and later arraigned with bail set at $250,000.

Harris resides at the home where Weatherly police arrested James M. Delbo, 32, a former resident of Ashland, and charged him with the shooting incident. Delbo was reportedly residing at the Hancock Street address at the time of his arrest.

Three homes were struck by bullets at 319, 327 and 335 Yeakle St., about 3 a.m. on Feb. 13. No one living in the homes was injured.

At the time of Delbo's arrest, the affidavit of probable cause noted that Harris gave a written statement to police claiming that Delbo took a 9mm and a .22-caliber handgun from his home the morning of the shooting without his permission. Also interviewed in the arrest of Delbo was Andrew Ortiz, also of McAdoo, who first went to police to identify Delbo as the shooter.

More than 23 bullets struck the homes, a vehicle parked in front of one of the homes and a garage near one of the homes.

Police said conflicting stories were told during the course of their investigation. The first story indicated Delbo and Ortiz drove Harris' Dodge to the area with Delbo firing the shots.

A second story indicated Delbo drove the vehicle with Harris and Oritz present along with a Joshua Z. Zink.

Police believe Harris and Ortiz fired the shots and Zink removed the license plate from the vehicle prior to the shooting and put it back on afterward.

Harris was charged with seven counts each of aggravated assault, criminal conspiracy, and recklessly endangering another person. He also faces three counts of discharge of a firearm into an occupied structure and one count of possessing instruments of crime.

Other arrests are pending and the investigation into the incident is continuing.

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