Gunman in custody for overnight Altoona shooting

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BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — A gunman is in custody after firing shots in the parking lot of Zach’s Sports and Spirits early Thursday morning.

Fa arah Robinson, 26, is charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault as well as four misdemeanors including possession of a firearm prohibited, recklessly endangering another person, unsworn falsification to authorities and tampering with evidence.

Altoona police responded to reports of multiple shots fired near 5820 6th Avenue at 12:48 a.m Thursday morning, in the parking lot of Zach’s. While responding, multiple vehicles and people on foot fled the scene toward the area of Evergreen Manor.

Once police arrived at Evergreen Manor, they located Robinson, two males and two females outside of Evergreen Court. One of the males was shot in the foot during the incident but did not sustain any injury as the bullet did not go through their shoe, according to the charges filed.

The victim told police that the group was at Sheetz, across the street from Zach’s when a sedan pulled into Zach’s parking lot and passengers in the vehicle started yelling at them. The victim approached the vehicle and that was when shots were fired at the group from inside of the car. Robinson fired back at least one round before the vehicle drove off, according to police.

All who were involved in the incident fled the scene once shots were fired. It is unknown at this time who fired the other rounds.

When the group returned to Evergreen Manor, video surveillance shows Robinson taking his jacket off and verbally arguing with the victim before throwing his jacket in a dumpster. Robinson told police that he does not remember what he did with the gun, according to the criminal complaint.

During the investigation, police found that Robinson has a criminal history in New Jersey where he manufactured and distributed heroin, a felony charge. When Robinson purchased the gun used in the incident, he lied on the paperwork stating that he had not been convicted of a felony charge.

Robinson’s bail is set at $75,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 25

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