WILKES-BARRE — An Edwardsville man was arraigned Saturday in a shooting that happened around 8 p.m. Friday along Grove Street in the city.
Rahsheim Tayou Blackmon, 23, of Bertram Court in the Eagle Ridge apartment complex in Edwardsville, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and a single count of carrying a firearm without a license, according to court reports.
The victim, Brad Coleman, 20, was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township on Friday for treatment of a gunshot wound to the abdomen, according to the police report.
A hospital spokeswoman said on Saturday that Coleman was still considered to be in critical condition.
Coleman’s brother, Tierrel Turner, who witnessed the assault, said Coleman stepped into an escalating argument his mother and sister were having with Blackmon and another woman.
Turner had a protection from abuse order against their mother, Amanda Saxton, and had gone to get his children who were at her house. When he arrived, Blackmon and another woman started arguing with Turner’s mother and sister who were on the scene.
According to another police report, at around 5 p.m., Turner stated Saxton had stalked him throughout the day. Turner had reported Saxton violated the protection order by driving around his South Main Street hair salon and eventually confronting him outside.
The protection order prohibits Saxton from having any form of contact with Turner.
Three hours later on Grove Street, after Coleman intervened, reportedly to protect his mother, he and the shooter began to argue heatedly, said Latisha Aiken, a friend of Turner’s.
Witnesses say Blackmon shot Coleman and fled the scene in a white Chevrolet Impala.
Police said they found a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun upon arresting Blackmon.
District Judge Rick Cronauer set bail at $50,000, but Blackmon was unable to post it and was committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for April 14.