LACKAWAXEN TWP. - The authorities have charged a 61-year-old Honesdale woman who drove her grandson to the site of a shooting earlier this month at the Market at Woodloch along Route 590, court documents say.
The charges against Ernestina Patten, of 2 Corey Street, stem from her pointing a semiautomatic pistol at the victim before handing it to her grandson, Blooming Grove Trooper Alan Deutsch said Thursday.
The grandson, Shawn Malik Vannatta, 18, same address, fired three shots into a vehicle operated by Joseph DeAngelo, 55, of Hawley, striking him once in the upper back, court papers state.
Patten was charged Thursday with misdemeanor counts of simple assault and recklessly endangering another person.
DeAngelo did not suffer serious injuries.
Deutsch said he was perplexed by Patten's actions.
“If I called up my grandmother to take me to a fight, I'm pretty sure she would say no,” the trooper said.
DeAngelo's 16-year-old son was in the vehicle at the time but was not hit.
The shooting was the culmination of an ongoing feud between the two teenagers.
They agreed to meet in the market's parking lot to fight.
DeAngelo's son walked to the market.
DeAngelo eventually found out about the confrontation and drove to the site to try and stop it, court papers state.
DeAngelo pulled aside a van occupied by Vannatta and Patten, pleading with them to “stop all this,” court papers state.
Patten replied, “I have this,” and pointed the gun at DeAngelo, court papers state.
She then handed the gun to Vannatta, court papers state.
DeAngelo's son jumped in his father's vehicle and they drove away as Vannatta fired the shots, court papers state.
Vannatta was charged with counts including criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person and carrying a firearm without a license.