Last updated: June 17. 2014 11:25PM - 3652 Views
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KINGSTON — A man who served 11 years in a New Jersey state prison on a manslaughter conviction was arraigned Tuesday on charges he shot another man inside an apartment building at Penn and Korn streets.

Police charged Travis H. Jones, 38, also known as Bobby Jones, with shooting Rahim Clark in the back with a .44 Magnum revolver inside 105 Penn St. at about 6 a.m. Monday.

Clark was involved in a fight with Kurtis Bennett of Philadelphia who had shown up to pick up Mary Johnson, the mother of his child. Bennett fought with Clark when he realized Mary Johnson stayed in the same bedroom, according to charges filed.

Police allege Jones emerged from his apartment and shot Clark during the fight.

Clark was taken by Bennett, Johnson and Jones’ girlfriend, Shelley Johnson, to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.

Police said Clark underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition on Tuesday. He is expected to survive his injury.

Jones was charged with four counts of reckless endangerment, two counts each of aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm, and one count each of possession of a firearm with an altered serial number and tampering with evidence. He was jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $75,000 bail.

Court records say Jones served 11 years in New Jersey on a manslaughter conviction in 1996 in Hudson County, New Jersey. He was released on parole in 2005.

Police said Jones was prohibited from owning, carrying and possessing a gun because of the conviction in New Jersey.

According to the criminal complaint:

Bennett and his brother, Maurice Cunningham, arrived at the apartment to pick up Mary Johnson at about 6 a.m. A fight erupted when Bennett realized Mary Johnson stayed in the same bedroom with Clark.

During the fight, Jones emerged from his apartment with his girlfriend, Shelley Johnson, behind him and shot Clark, the complaint says.

Police said there was a large amount of blood spatter on a wall and floor. Bloody footprints led from a side door at 105 Penn St. into the roadway.

Jones told police he heard someone knocking on a door and saw a man covered with blood on the second floor. Jones stated he began cleaning blood from the floor as he did not want to step in it, according to the complaint. Police said in the complaint Jones later admitted he shot another man, but it was an accident.

A loaded .44 Magnum revolver with an altered serial number was found in Jones’ apartment, police said.

Residents living on Korn Street called the apartment building the source of trouble in the neighborhood.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled on June 25.

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