LACKAWAXEN TWP. - The grandmother of a Wayne County teenager gave him a handgun used in the shooting of a 55-year-old Hawley man, court papers state.
Shawn Malik Vannatta, 18, of 2 Corey Street, Honesdale, fired three rounds from a semiautomatic pistol into a vehicle on Saturday night, striking Joseph DeAngelo once in the left side of his upper back, state police at Blooming Grove said.
DeAngelo suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A 16-year-old boy in the vehicle was not injured.
The shooting was the culmination of a confrontation between the two teenagers in the parking lot at the Market at Woodloch along Route 590.
Vannatta's grandmother, Ernestina Patten, drove the suspect to the location and handed him the gun prior to the shooting, according to paperwork filed by Trooper Alan Deutsch.
It was unclear if Patten would be charged.
“This incident is still under investigation,” Trooper Connie Devens, a spokeswoman, said Monday. “There is no new information to release at this time.”
Patten, who also lives at the Corey Street address, did not respond Monday to requests for comment.
According to the arrest papers, Vannatta and the 16-year-old boy had been feuding for months.
The two agreed to meet at the market lot for a fight – the 16-year-old walked to the scene, Vannatta was driven there by his grandmother, and DeAngelo drove there in an attempt to stop the fight, according to arrest papers.
DeAngelo pulled aside a van occupied by Vannatta and Patten.
DeAngelo “pleaded with them to stop all this,” court papers state.
Patten replied, “I have this,” and pointed a small semiautomatic gun at DeAngelo, court papers state.
She then handed the gun to Vannatta, police said.
The 16-year-old boy got into DeAngelo's vehicle and they drove off, and Vannatta started shooting at them.
The bullets hit the rear of the vehicle, shattering the back window before one of them hit DeAngelo.
Vannatta faces charges including criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license.
The suspect was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Shannon Muir and placed in the Pike County Correctional Facility without bail to await a preliminary hearing at 1 p.m. March 8.