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Three suspects identified in Fayette shooting

| Monday, March 23, 2009

Three Fayette County men have been charged with attempted homicide in connection with the shooting of a Republic man, including a 17-year-old boy who is charged as an adult.

A Republic teen and Stephan Lamar Fitzgerald, 19, of 472 Route 51 Road, Smock, were arraigned on the charges over the weekend.

An arrest warrant has been issued for a third man, Darroll Dewitt Gregg, 18, also known as "Baby D," of Uniontown.

In criminal complaints, state police at Belle Vernon said the three men went to Edward Charles Harper's residence in Redstone Township on Wednesday with intentions of robbing Harper of marijuana and $13,000 cash.

When Harper opened the door, an altercation ensued and Harper was shot as he tried to lock the door, according to the criminal complaints.

Harper, 29, suffered gunshot wounds to the head and torso, police said. He was flown by medicial helicopter to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh. A hospital spokeswoman this morning said UPMC does not release patient-condition information on individuals who are crime victims.

In addition to attempted homicide, the three suspects are charged with reckless endangerment of another person because Harper's two young children were in the house at the time of the shooting. Police said the two boys, ages 12 and 9, were in a bed in their bedroom when the shots were fired into the house.

Police said Harper identified the Republic teen as one of his assailants while he was being treated at the scene and during a subsequent interview with them at the hospital on Friday. The youth was charged as an adult upon the recommendation of District Attorney Nancy Vernon, according to the affidavit.

Mackey was placed in the Fayette County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond. Fitzgerald was arraigned Saturday and placed in the county jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

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