Man Charged In Overnight Shooting Incident

Joshua J. Hammer

A 35-year-old city man who reportedly shot at an occupied vehicle early Tuesday is facing a host of charges.

No injuries were reported in the shooting, which occurred a little after midnight at 810 Washington St.

Officers were notified of a gunshot complaint and later learned that Joshua J. Hammer had allegedly fired a round from a handgun at an occupied vehicle parked in the driveway of the residence. No motive for the shooting was provided by police.

Members of the police department and Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on the home and recovered a weapon used in the shooting as well as brass knuckles. The gun was found to have been reported stolen, Jamestown police said in a news release Tuesday.

Hammer was held for arraignment in Jamestown City Court on charges of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and two counts each of first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree menacing.

Police also took 42-year-old Larry J. Whitehill Jr. into custody. Whitehill, located inside the Washington Street property, was found to be wanted out of Chester County in Pennsylvania. He is facing an additional charge of being a fugitive from justice.

Jamestown police said Tuesday’s shooting was an isolated incident and not tied to others in the past couple of weeks.


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