Finding in Harveys Lake house where Paul Brace was shot seeminglycontradicts claims in affidavit.

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KINGSTON TWP. — Three 9 mm shell casings were recovered from inside a Harveys Lake house where Paul Brace was shot — a find that seemingly contradicts claims in a search warrant affidavit that multiple rounds were fired from multiple guns by four men who forced their way inside.

An inventory receipt of items seized from 367 Second St. was filed Tuesday with District Judge James Tupper.

State police at Wyoming said they found three 9 mm shell casings, two .38-caliber live rounds, a laptop computer, an iPad computer, an iPhone, four cigarette butts, a swatch from a chair with blood, a swatch from a couch with blood, tissue paper with blood, pajama pants with blood, pieces of drywall with blood, socks, a safe and four CDs from a trash can, according to the inventory receipt.

No drugs or drug paraphernalia were listed on the receipt despite first-responding officers seeing a marijuana smoking device, commonly called a bong, and detecting an odor of burnt marijuana near Brace’s bedroom, according to the search warrant affidavit.

Brace’s roommate, Adam Weaver, 20, told state police that Brace was a drug dealer and always had cash, the affidavit states.

Money is not listed on the receipt unless it was secured in the safe that was seized.

Brace is recovering from five gunshot wounds at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

He was a standout football player for Dallas High School and played last year for Misericordia University.

Attempts to contact Weaver on Tuesday were unsuccessful.

According to the affidavit:

Police encountered Mitch Artsma, who was screaming, just inside a side door. Artsma was taken from the house as he told police to check the second floor.

Brace was found lying on a bed with gunshot wounds to his forehead, chest and arm.

Weaver, when questioned by state police, stated four armed men forced their way into the house and asked him “where the money was,” the affidavit states.

Weaver said he was assaulted as the four intruders rummaged through the house, going to the second floor and ending up in Brace’s bedroom. There, Weaver told state police, one of the armed men fired multiple rounds at Brace.

Weaver also said “multiple shots from multiple guns were fired” during the invasion, the affidavit states.

Weaver told investigators he gave the intruders $500 of his money and they fled the house. Weaver ran to Artsma’s house, where he called 911.

State police are investigating the case as an attempted homicide.

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