State police arrested a 20-year-old Brownsville man for allegedly pulling the trigger in a fatal shooting in Snowden Terrace on Tuesday.
Police said Jamal D. Brown fired a gun at two men and two women during an argument just after midnight. Brown allegedly hit Taekwon Commodore, 28, of Republic in the shoulder, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Someone drove Commodore in a personal vehicle to the Brownsville police station. An ambulance took him from the station to Uniontown Hospital, police said. He was later pronounced dead.
Police were first called to Snowden Terrace that night for a report of a burglary at about 12:15 a.m. Brownsville and state police found no evidence of a burglary and cleared the scene, according to court documents.
Soon after, Brown, Commodore and three others were arguing about the reported burglary. The argument escalated when Brown allegedly fired shots into the air, and then turned the gun toward the four fleeing people. Police said three alleged victims later identified the shooter as Brown.
He is charged with criminal homicide, four counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
He was arraigned Tuesday evening before Magisterial District Judge Mike Defino Jr.
Court documents indicate Brown had never previously been charged criminally in Pennsylvania.
Brown hired a private criminal attorney, Jack W. Connor, according to court documents. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. July 20 before Defino.
He is being held without bail in Fayette County Prison.