Elizabeth Township man arrested after firing gun into a crowd

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A member of the Pagans motorcycle gang, angered that a black man was hanging around his house in Elizabeth Township with a group of his stepdaughter's friends on Sunday night, retrieved a rifle and opened fire on the man and several others, according to police.

Charles Motte, 51, is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault and related offenses.

Police said Mr. Motte, who was wearing Pagan colors and insignia, came home Sunday night to find several young people, all friends of his stepdaughter, in front of the house. One of them, Mykhael Kelley, 19, is black. Using a racial slur, Mr. Motte yelled that he didn't want Mr. Kelley at the house, then went inside and retrieved a .22-caliber rifle and fired a shot from an upstairs window at Mr. Kelley and a friend, Kelsey Gory, 18, as they stood in the driveway along with several other witnesses.

No one was hit, but a 46-year-old woman from Mount Pleasant who was also outside in the driveway, Andrea Faircloth, collapsed from a seizure and was taken to a local hospital.

Police took Mr. Motte into custody and confiscated two rifles after searching the house.

He was being held in the Allegheny County Jail.

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Torsten ove: tove@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1510.


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