Man charged for shots-fired, stolen car crash in Harrisburg


Harrisburg police have identified a man arrested for a shots-fired incident that happened as officers were investigating a homicide Wednesday afternoon.

Christopher R. Conway, 18, was driving a stolen car and fired several rounds into an occupied home in the 1800 block of Chestnut Street, police Capt. Gabe Olivera said at a news conference Thursday.

Officers heard the shots while they were the scene of a fatal shooting in the 1900 block of Bellevue Road. They investigated and found the shooter had crashed into parked vehicles while fleeing.

Conway ran from the crash and was arrested as he approached officers at the homicide scene, police said.

Conway, of Harrisburg, is charged with receiving stolen property, discharge of a firearm Into an occupied structure, three counts of reckless endangerment, and other firearms violations. Police said he is not allowed to have guns because of a previous felony conviction.

He was sent to Dauphin County Prison after failing to post $200,000 cash bail.

Police continue to investigate the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Donnell Williams and did not announce any arrests at the news conference. 

High schools in the Harrisburg district were closed Thursday, citing the “tragic death of a high school student. Police said they were not consulted and gave no advice regarding that decision.

“This tells me that there was a serious problem out there, for them to close the school district,” police Chief Thomas Carter said. “We have had other high school students that have been tragically killed, but the school never shut down.”

Carter is calling on people to take action.

“I am asking for all interested leaders in the city, anybody who is willing to help us take Harrisburg back, to take Harrisburg High School system back so that the kids can go to school and not worry about being targeted,” he said.

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