Victim charged with illegal possession of gun

October 12, 2012

WILKES-BARRE – A gun used in the shooting of a 20-year-old man was stolen, police allege, and now the victim is facing charges he was illegally in possession of the weapon.

City police earlier this week filed charges of receiving stolen property and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number against Christian Sholly. District Judge Rick Cronauer approved the charges and issued an arrest warrant for Sholly on Tuesday.

Sholly suffered a gunshot wound to his chest inside his residence at 86 Hutson St., Wilkes-Barre, on Sept. 10.

Police alleged Sholly's half-brother, Tony Ransome, 15, fired a round inside the home that struck his older brother.

Sholly underwent surgery at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

Ransome was found responsible for the shooting by Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley at a juvenile delinquency hearing on Oct. 4. He is scheduled to appear for a disposition hearing, similar to a sentencing hearing in adult court, on Dec. 14.

An investigation determined the weapon, a .22-caliber handgun, was stolen from a Stanton Street, Wilkes-Barre, residence on Aug. 1.

A ballistics examination was able to retrieve the gun's serial number despite it being altered.

According to the criminal complaint:

Investigators were told that Ransome, Sholly and his Sholly's 16-year-old girlfriend smoked marijuana in the house before going to a second floor bedroom. Sholly took the gun out of his waistband and placed it on a dresser.

The girlfriend testified at the delinquency hearing that Ransome picked up the gun and aimed it at her and Sholly.

Sholly followed Ransome out of the bedroom telling his younger brother to put the gun down when he was allegedly shot.

Sholly has since been released from the hospital.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Sholly is asked to call Wilkes-Barre police at 826-8106.