Local Teens Charged in Robbery, Shooting
Four teens from Oakmont were charged with robbing an alleged juvenile drug dealer, who police said tracked down the teens and fired shots that could have injured or even killed.
Oakmont Police completed an investigation indicting five local youths in their involvement in a shooting at Ninth Street and California — one of whom police are petitioning to try as an adult.
The investigation has been ongoing since shots were fired at the Oakmont intersection on Dec. 16, injuring none but piercing a car containing four of the juveniles.
The altercation occurred at 7 p.m. as part of a botched drug deal, Oakmont Police Chief David DiSanti said.
Four Oakmont teens met a 17-year-old Verona drug dealer in Verona after stealing guns from a home in West View with the intention of robbing the dealer, DiSanti said.
"Their intentions were to rob for dope and money, and they admitted that these were their intentions," he said.
Oakmont Police conducted an investigation by interviewing witnesses and suspects. Police were able to track down the car with shot-out windows, which was parked in the borough.
Police discovered that the four Oakmont teens succeeded in robbing the dealer of the marijuana and large amounts of cash in his possession, using a semi-automatic weapon to threaten him.
The dealer caught up with the teens in Oakmont during which an altercation occurred, causing a nearby resident to take notice and call police, DiSanti said.
The teens fled, and the dealer fired two shots into the vehicle — one of which became lodged in a head rest.
"I don't know how no one was hit in that car," DiSanti said. "It was a miracle."
Plum canine officer Lee Temple assisted in the investigation with his canine, who found one of the weapons used along Plum Street in Oakmont.
The gun was found loaded.
"It was in an area where kids could have found it," DiSanti said.
Police hope to charge the shooter as an adult due to the seriousness of the crime, he said.
Under Pennsylvania's Act 33, a juvenile over the age of 15 may be tried as an adult in violent weapons crimes.
The shooter will be charged with carrying a loaded firearm as a minor, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, carrying a loaded weapon, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, DiSanti said.