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Man charged with attempted homicide in Mountain Top shooting

July 04. 2013 6:24PM

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RICE TWP. — Police have charged a Wilkes-Barre Township teen with attempted homicide after a shooting in Rice Township Wednesday night.

According to Pennsylvania State Police and the Rice Township Police Department, 19-year-old Nicholas Drust was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment after firing shots at a 75-year-old Mountain Top man.

Police said the incident, which occurred on Heslop Road, happened when a suspicious vehicle was driving in the area and a confrontation began.

Police said Drust fired a handgun at Larry Papach who was in his own vehicle. Papach was struck in the right hand and right shoulder. Papach allegedly returned fire, striking the vehicle and the driver. The driver is believed to be Drust’s father.

Both the driver and Papach were taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley in Plains Township and treated for what police said are not life threatening injuries.

Drust was arraigned by District Judge Donald Whittaker and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

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