Friday, March 19, 2021

New York Man in Custody for Accidently Shooting Brother in Minersville

A New York man is locked up in Schuylkill County Prison after allegedly accidently shooting his brother in Minersville earlier this week.

According to Minersville Police, on Sunday, March 14th, 2021, around 12:15am, Ptlm. Timothy Walsh was dispatched to 125 North Street, Minersville for a report of a gun shot victim.

At the scene, Patrolman Walsh found a victim sitting on the curb waiting for EMS and Police to arrive.

The victim told Walsh that he had been shot in the back with a 300 blackout round.

Walsh went into the home where he found an AR pistol with a magazine still in the weapon on the couch.  

Patrolman Walsh interviewed Ismael Rodriguez, 43,of Brooklyn, NY who admitted being the shooter.

Rodriguez told police that he was going to clean the gun and thought he cleared the magazine.  He said he put the gun down on the table when it went off striking the victim while he was sitting at the table eating.

On Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, Minersville Police charged Rodriguez with recklessly endangering another person.

On the morning of Friday, March 19th, 2021, Rodriguez was taken into custody, arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Plachko and locked up in Schuylkill County Prison unable to post $50,000 cash bail.