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Police file charges, look for help finding murder suspect

By: Maria Miller

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Johnstown police said they've identified the man who shot two people over the weekend, killing one. Now they're looking for help finding him.

Police still aren't releasing many details about the actual shooting itself, but said Wednesday that it was one of the men who was shot and wounded, and three others there at the time that  were able to identify the suspect from a photo lineup, from a picture police had of him from a prior arrest.

Earl P. Mitchell, Jr., 20, is facing charges of criminal homicide for his alleged role in a shooting at the Oakhurst Homes over the weekend that left one man dead and another injured.

"He's originally from Philadelphia, has a Philly address and also has several addresses in the city of Johnstown," said Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust. "Those addresses are being checked at this point."

Police haven't released a motive in the shooting, only saying that Mitchell is their main suspect and the man they believed pulled the trigger, killing Jareek Adams and wounding Jonathan Moore. It happened Saturday night outside of building 36 in Oakhurst.

"It doesn't appear at this point that there was an ambush type thing or anyting from interviews with people in the area," said Foust.  It's just a matter of wrong place at wrong time for the victims. It doesn't indicate they had prearranged meetings with him."

A criminal complaint filed Wednesday said Mitchell was not alone, saying there were others in a car with him, but police said he's the only one facing charges.

"He was the only one that was firing the weapon during that incident," said Foust. "We're not looking for anyone else at this time."

Police said Mitchell is very familiar to them. 6 News looked into his criminal history and found dozens of charges against him for everything from burglary to assault and drugs. Online records show he was just in Johnstown Tuesday to make a payment on some of his fines for those cases.

Anyone with information on Mitchell's whereabouts is asked to call Johnstown police.

 
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