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Pot, cash found at site of California borough shooting, police say

Paul Peirce
| Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Police investigating a home invasion Tuesday in California Borough that left a man hospitalized with multiple gunshot wounds discovered 2 pounds of marijuana and a large amount of cash inside the house.

Police Chief Jeffrey Gillen said Wednesday that authorities in Washington County are continuing to search for the two men responsible for wounding Carey Joseph "C.J." Davis, 22.

He was shot several times at his residence in the 100 block of California Road, about a half-mile south of Vulcan Village, a California University of Pennsylvania student housing complex.

A state police forensic unit that went to the scene to collect evidence after the 8:16 a.m. shooting found a bag of suspected marijuana in the home, Gillen said in a news release.

He said police subsequently obtained a search warrant and confiscated 2 pounds of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a large amount of cash from the home.

Davis was taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh by ambulance. His condition could not be determined yesterday.

"Davis reportedly was awakened by his dog barking and observed two black males in the residence. Davis grabbed a firearm and chased the individuals out of the residence and was chasing them on foot up California Road when one of the subjects turned and fired at him," Gillen said.

Davis suffered gunshot wounds to his upper left arm and buttocks, Gillen said.

Gillen said Davis, who is not a student at the university, has told police he did not recognize the intruders and could not provide any further description of them.

Davis' father, Bruce Ferea, said someone had stolen items from the home last week.

Police have not charged anyone in that break-in and did not disclose whether they believe the incidents are related.

Davis has not been charged with marijuana possession, but Gillen said the investigation is continuing.

He asks anyone with information to call borough police at 724-938-3233 or call 911.

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