Wounded man turns himself in on gun charge

October 13, 2012

WILKES-BARRE – A man who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest last month surrendered Friday on charges he was in possession of the stolen handgun used in the shooting.

Christian Sholly, 20, accompanied by his attorney, John Pike, was arraigned by District Judge Rick Cronauer on charges of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and receiving stolen property. He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Sholly surrendered at Wilkes-Barre police headquarters.

City detectives said Sholly suffered a gunshot wound inside 86 Hutson St. on Sept. 10. His half-brother, Tony Ransome, 15, was charged in Luzerne County Juvenile Court with the shooting.

Detectives allege in the criminal complaint Sholly carried the .22-caliber gun he placed on a dresser in a bedroom. He was in the bedroom with his 16-year-old girlfriend and Ransome to play video games after the three smoked marijuana on the front porch of the residence.

The girlfriend testified at Ransome's juvenile delinquency hearing on Oct. 4 that Ransome picked up the gun and aimed it at her and Sholly. Sholly told Ransome to put the gun down.

Sholly followed Ransome out of the bedroom when he was allegedly shot.

Detectives said the gun was reported stolen during an Aug. 1 burglary at a house on Stanton Street, Wilkes-Barre. The gun's serial number was altered, according to the criminal complaint.

Pike said during the arraignment that Sholly, although discharged from a hospital, required medical treatment from a home health nurse. Sholly suffered a collapsed lung and is prescribed seven different medications, Pike said.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on Oct. 16.