NANTICOKE – Comparing a Plymouth shooting rampage to the 1881 gunfight in Tombstone, Ariz. known as the Shootout at the O.K. Corral, a Luzerne County prosecutor Friday advanced the state's case against suspect William Allabaugh.
Assistant District Attorney Jarrett Ferentino said state police investigators have yet to determine how many rounds Allabaugh, 25, allegedly discharged on East Main Street, including those that killed Scott Luzetsky, 39, and critically injured Stephen Hollman, 29, just before 2 a.m. on Sept. 9.
Robert Wallace, an employee at Bonnie's tavern where the gunfire began, testified at Allabaugh's preliminary hearing Friday to what he witnessed.
Wallace said he asked Allabaugh, of East Main Street, Plymouth, to leave the tavern because other patrons noticed a concealed handgun under his shirt. Allabaugh pulled out the gun and fired a round that struck Hollman, who was seated at the bar, Wallace said.
He pulled the gun out and fired one shot, he didn't aim it at anyone; he just fired and struck the colored guy (Hollman), Wallace said.
Wallace said he yelled at a bartender to help Hollman. He went outside and was followed by bar patron Mark Ktytor. Ktytor told Wallace, There he is, as Allabaugh walked away.
Wallace said he believed Allabaugh heard Ktytor and turned around, firing several times in their direction. Wallace said he and Ktytor took cover behind parked vehicles as bullets passed them.
(Allabaugh) was shooting at me when I was on the sidewalk, Wallace said. We ducked behind parked cars and we're ducking down going from car to car.
Wallace said he noticed Luzetsky walking with a woman near the bar as Allabaugh was firing. He said Luzetsky grabbed his side and fell out of sight.
Luzetsky was found dead between two parked vehicles. He died from multiple gunshot wounds, county Acting Coroner William Lisman said.
When he and Ktytor reached the last parked car on the street, Ktytor removed his weapon and twice yelled at Allabaugh, I have a gun, Wallace said.
Wallace said he ran around a building and when he reached East Main Street, Ktytor told him, I got him, he's over there.
Ktytor was not at Friday's hearing to testify. State police said Ktytor has a permit to carry a concealed weapon and has not been charged.
Ferentino said if it wasn't for Ktytor, there was a possibility more people could have been seriously injured or killed.
Wallace said he did not see any disputes between Allabaugh and Hollman before the shooting. I don't think they said two words to each other the whole night, Wallace said.
After nearly two hours of testimony, Whittaker determined Ferentino and Assistant District Attorney Michelle Hardik established a case against Allabaugh, sending an open count of criminal homicide and criminal attempt to commit homicide to Luzerne County Court. Allabaugh remains jailed at the county correctional facility without bail.
Allabaugh's attorneys, William Ruzzo and John Donovan, sought to have the homicide charge downgraded to third-degree murder arguing there was no intent to the shooting and killing.
A conviction or guilty plea to first degree murder is punishable by life in prison while a third-degree murder conviction or guilty plea carries a sentence of 20 to 40 years in state prison.
Allabaugh recovered from two gunshot wounds and was escorted by state police and Plymouth police into Nanticoke council chambers where the hearing was held. He sat quietly next to his lawyers with his family sitting behind him.
Trooper Christopher King said he has been unable to interview Hollman due to his medical condition. King said Hollman remains in critical condition at a medical facility in Berks County.