Teenagers charged with shooting at each other in street, nearly wounding neighbor inside home

Teenagers charged with shooting at each other in street, nearly wounding neighbor inside home

(As originally published with additional photos, Fri, November 3rd 2023, 6:06 PM EDT)

EAST LAMPETER TOWNSHIP, Pa. (TND) — Two teenagers in Pennsylvania are accused picking up guns and shooting at each other and now they’re charged as adults.

The alleged gunfight took place in their neighborhood near Lancaster in September.

The district attorney’s office reported police found four .45-caliber casings and a bullet fragment at the scene.

Another bullet actually penetrated the siding of a nearby home and authorities said it landed at the foot of somebody who lived there, who had no connection to the shooting.

There is also surveillance video evidence from another neighbor that identified 17-year-old Omar Jackson and 16-year-old Nazier Vega.

The D.A.’s office said it showed Vega and a group of boys walking past the camera, with Jackson following about five seconds behind.

Then, Jackson is seen pulling a black handgun from his waistband, and Vega can be seen holding a handgun in Jackson’s direction.

Authorities later learned Jackson worked at a nearby store and video showed him working in the same clothing seen in the neighbor’s surveillance video.

Teenagers charged with shooting at each other in street, nearly wounding neighbor inside home
Surveillance video evidence identified 17-year-old Omar Jackson and 16-year-old Nazier Vega, Sept. 12, 2023. (Lancaster Co. District Attorney’s Office)

Also, Vega and a group of boys were seen walking past Jackson inside the store.

Then, Jackson followed the group out of the store, returned to clock out, and left with a backpack one minute before the shooting.

Both defendants were initially charged with attempted homicide, but that was reduced to aggravated assault.

Jackson is charged with first-degree felony aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, and six counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Vega is charged with second-degree felony aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by a minor, carrying a firearm without a license, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, and six counts of recklessly endangering another person.

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