An 18-year-old city man considered “The primary suspect” in Thursday’s early-morning shooting on Washington Boulevard is behind bars on a felony charge after a stolen loaded handgun was discovered in the teen’s home under “A blanket on the bottom bunk bed” where they sleeps, according to a city police affidavit.
Terrell Caleb Cradle, of 834 Franklin St., was taken into custody early Thursday afternoon in Montoursville and later charged with felony receiving stolen property after the handgun was discovered in his house, police said. The gun was stolen in September, police said.
Information provided to police shortly after the 1:30 am shooting in the 400 block of Washington Boulevard led investigators to Cradle, who goes by the street name “Rell,” the affidavit stated.
The 37-year-old male victim was shot twice in a parking lot behind an establishment, and was taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport, where he was treated and later discharged, police confirmed. Police asked the victim’s name not to be published until someone is officially charged with the shooting itself.
‘I don’t know anything about an incidentCradle repeatedly told investigators while being questioned about the shooting, police said. He initially denied being at the establishment, but then “his story changed,“After he was”confronted with surveillance that showed him outside”The business, the affidavit stated. Cradle stated that “afterwards they had gone home, where they went to sleep, ”the affidavit stated.
Before being shot, the victim was inside the establishment and spotted a man “Dressed all in black with a face mask outside in an alley,” police said in the affidavit. The victim sent out a text message to a known individual that he “Felt something was off in his gut,” investigators were told.
At least four shots were fired at the victim, two of them striking parked vehicles. Police are working to recover the bullets from the vehicles to see if they possibly were fired from the gun found inside Cradle’s home, investigators said.
While he was being questioned Thursday about the shooting, Cradle was “Wearing black shoes, black sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt and a black mask that covered all but his eyes with a mesh nose area. The clothing is identically matched that of the individual shown in the surveillance video, ” court records stated.
“While he has not been charged with the shooting, he remains the primary suspect,” city police Capt. Joshua Bell said of the Cradle on Friday morning. Following his arraignment before District Judge Gary Whiteman, Cradle was committed to the Lycoming County Prison on no bail.