Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Saint Clair Police Charge Shenandoah Man for Shooting Last Month

Saint Clair Police have arrested and charged a Shenandoah man in connection with a shooting last month.

Saint Clair Police have charged Daniel Lance Lopez, 21, of Shenandoah, in connection to a shooting which took place on 12/18/2017 inside the Schuylkill County Housing Projects, located within the 300 Block of Cherry St., Saint Clair, PA. 

Police say Lopez conducted the alleged "ambush" style attack when he fired several rounds from a 9mm handgun into an occupied vehicle being driven on the 300 Block of Cherry Street, Saint Clair, attempting to strike the occupants of the vehicle.

The attack resulted in the vehicle being rendered inoperable and heavily damaged.

According to Police Chief William Dempsey, during their investigation an interview was conducted with the Lopez.

Lopez told police that he fled the scene following firing shots into the occupied vehicle.

In the days after the shooting, Lopez stated that he dismantled the firearm and discarded the parts of the weapon on local strip mining lands.

Lopez also told Police that he then traveled to Harrisburg with his family to flee the area of the shooting.   

Lopez was arraigned by Magisterial District Court Judge, James Reiley of Pottsville on the following charges:
  • 2 counts - Criminal Attempt to Commit Homicide
  • 2 counts - Aggravated Assault
  • 2 counts - Simple Assault
  • 2 counts - Reckless Endangering
  • 1 count - Persons not Possess a Firearm
  • 1 count - Firearm not to be Carried W/out a License
  • 1 count - Possessing Instruments of Crime
  • 1 count - Criminal Mischief
Lopez was unable to post the $200,000 cash bail set and was locked up in Schuylkill County Prison.