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Shooting suspect has history with law


It's a story 6 News brought you live Wednesday as it was unfolding in Johnstown: A man found with a gunshot wound in the West End Giant Eagle parking lot and 90 minutes later, another man hauled into custody.

According to the criminal complaint filed Thursday, the victim was shot as he tried to collect a $20 debt. It all started around 3:00 Wednesday when police searched a silver car where the victim was found, bloodied and badly injured.

6 News has learned the victims name is Leslie Schetrompf. He's in stable condition in the hospital, recovering from the wound and surgery.

Police said he was shot by Lemmel Myers, a man who supervises several apartment buildings less than a mile away. 6 News was there as he was pulled out of one of the apartments and arrested Wednesday afternoon.

Although Myers has a checkered history, people who knew him say they're surprised by what happened.

"I've known him for quite a while and he seems like a decent person from what I've known," said Joshua Lancaster, who owns a nearby tattoo parlor. "He seemed to be a pretty levelheaded guy, He never seemed violent."

But court documents released Wednesday paint the suspect in a different way. Police said they have informants who tell them Myers was a known heroin, cocaine and marijuana dealer and had guns hidden throughout the building. Police said some of them were found during a sweep of the building Wednesday evening.

"They recovered a significant amount of heroin, a fire arm and some money," said Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust. "We didn't recover the firearm yet but we're working on that. It's one of our priorities at this point."

The buildings owner and tenants told 6 News they're shocked Myers was involved.

"I never would've guessed," said Lancaster. "I never would've thought that personally."

"He's our maintenance man," said Darrel Keith who lives across the street. "He seemed like a real nice fella. We got to know him well."

Online court records show Myers served a prison sentence after pleading guilty to drug charges in 2007. Police said he was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet when the shooting happened.   .

"The suspect was on state parole and he's a former halfway house community corrections center resident so we're looking into that," said Foust.  

Myers is facing two felony counts of aggravated assault and a felony charge for possessing a weapon when he wasn't allowed. He's in jail on $150,000 bond.

Schetrompf remains at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in stable condition.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times