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Four Arrested, Including Man Wanted For January Shooting, After Shot Fired Toward Ronald McDonald House

March 16, 2019
Four Arrested, Including Man Wanted For January Shooting, After Shot Fired Toward Ronald McDonald House

Four people, including one wanted for attempted homicide, face charges after police say someone shot a gun in the direction of the Ronald McDonald House in Scranton.

About 10:30 Friday night, Scranton police responded to 333 Wheeler Ave. for reports of shots fired. Police observed four people run into the multiunit home, across the street from the Ronald McDonald House — occupied by families of sick or injured children staying in local hospitals.

People in the Ronald McDonald House told police they heard an argument on the front porch across the street, which escalated with a gunshot. After viewing security footage, police could not determine if a bullet went into the building, but could tell that Calvin Friday — already wanted for attempted homicide, robbery and other related charges — pulled the trigger, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Friday, 22, of 1513 Vine St., was also involved in a January home invasion on Hawthorne Street in the Tripp Park section of Scranton. Police arrested Chelsea Gillette, 23, of Jefferson Twp., and Devante Herbert Graham, 23, of Scranton, shortly after that incident. Gillette is accused of setting up a drug purchase, which led to Graham and Friday assaulting the man. The victim suffered two gunshot wounds in the altercation.

On Friday, after police arrived at the scene on Wheeler Avenue, Lauren Phillips, 28, who lived at the residence, and Louelle Isles, 31, of 1212 Mulberry St., answered the door and told police no one else was inside. After eventually getting permission to search from Phillips’ mother, police found Friday and Shatika Cooper, 28, of 1519 Mulberry St., pretending to sleep in a back bedroom.

Along with the attempted homicide-related charges from January, Friday faces reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a firearm charges. Police charged Cooper with hindering apprehension, and both Phillips and Isles face charges for hindering apprehension and obstructing law enforcement.

Arraignment information was unavailable Saturday.

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