Suspects charged in connection with Steelton shooting – PennLive

Even though a 19-year-old who was shot in Steelton signed a waiver of prosecution, police have filed charges against the man accused of pulling the trigger and the woman they say gave him the gun.

Kyle E. Lewis, 24, of Halifax, is now facing charges of aggravated assault, possession of a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and recklessly endangering another person in connection with a December shooting in Steelton.

Lewiss girlfriend, Brenda Bechtal, 26, of Halifax, is facing a firearms charge.

Police say the shooting occurred around 9:45 p.m. Dec. 28 near South Second and Hoffer streets. A 19-year-old was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to charging documents filed by Steelton police, the day after the shooting, the 19-year-old provided a description of Lewis and told police he had a female passenger with him in a vehicle at the time of the shooting. He also showed police Lewiss Snap Chat account, containing images of marijuana, an image of the inside of a car where there was a handgun, and a tattoo of a dollar sign on Lewiss hand, court records state.

With Lewiss Facebook page, investigators were able to match the description and tattoo to Lewis, police say.

Lewis is a felon on parole for robbery and DUI and is not permitted to have a firearm, court documents state, and police say his parole agent saw Lewis the day before in the vehicle identified in the descriptions.

When police went to the 19-year-olds home to present him with a photo lineup to see if he could identify Lewis, the 19-year-olds mother yelled at him from the other room, telling him not to identify the suspect, police say.

Though the 19-year-old signed a waiver of prosecution for the aggravated assault charge, police say they told him he was still involved in the case and would be a witness.

Police soon got a call from Lewiss parole agent, who said Lewis and Bechtal were in the parking lot of the Dollar General in Halifax, and in the vehicle was the handgun, charging documents state.

Police say Bechtal told them that things got out of hand the night of the incident and Lewis shot the 19-year-old. She said she gave the firearm to Lewis, who told police his fingerprints would likely be found on it, police say.

A preliminary hearing is set for Jan. 12 for Lewis.

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