EDINBORO BOROUGH, Erie County — An Erie man is facing charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault, among others, for an alleged shooting which took place on Jan. 8 during a drug deal which turned violent.
Marcus Robert Schrecengost, 21, was arraigned Friday for several felony and misdemeanor charges. According to Edinboro Borough Police Department, Schrecengost shot a man in his left hand during a shootout that occurred on the 100 block of Water Street in Edinboro Borough.
Police responded to a report of a shooting at 7:08 p.m., finding a man at the scene with a gunshot wound to the hand. After taking a statement from the man and other people at the residence where the shooting occurred, Edinboro police were notified by Erie Police Department that they had found a man with gunshot wounds to his left shoulder, pectoral area and thigh during a traffic stop. This man was later identified as Schrecengost.
According to Edinboro police, an investigation revealed that a drug deal had been set up between Schrecengost, the victim and a third party for 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. Police said Schrecengost agreed to purchase marijuana, THC wax and THC vapor cartridges from the victim and third party for $3,920.
After inspecting the drug, Schrecengost allegedly pulled out a handgun and began firing at the victim, who drew his own handgun and returned fire, both receiving gunshot wounds. Schrecengost fled the apartment and was picked up by a friend, who began transporting him to UPMC Hamot when they were pulled over by Erie police.
Schrecengost faces three first-degree felony charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery; two third-degree felony charges for attempted theft and criminal use of a communication facility; a first-degree misdemeanor charge of possession of an instrument of crime; and four second-degree misdemeanor charges of simple assault and three counts of recklessly endangering another person.
Schrecengost was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Denise Stuck-Lewis. He is currently being held in the Erie County jail in lieu of $250,000 bail.
A preliminary hearing before Stuck-Lewis is scheduled for March 5.