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Teens face charges after shots fired at vacant Lancaster house

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By Jenny Arnold

A call about someone inside a vacant home and shots fired on Central Avenue on Wednesday led to the arrests of several people, including six juveniles.

According to Lancaster Police Department incident reports, officers arrived at 512 Central Ave. and saw Torey Robert Blackwell, 17, of 1262 Belmont Circle, standing in the front yard.

When officers turned into the driveway, the report said Blackwell went toward the back of the home, throwing marijuana on the ground.

An officer took Blackwell to the ground and saw several people jump out the back window of the home and run away.

Blackwell was charged with simple possession of marijuana, the report said.

Other officers responded the area and caught Keithon Mandrell Barnes, 19, of 261 Willowlake Road, as he tried to run from the area, the report said.

Barnes was interviewed by investigators about firing a gun in the air, the report said. He was charged with discharging a firearm in the city and unlawful possession of a handgun.

An investigator found the gun on South Jackson Road near Roberts Drive.

Another man, Byron Laquinton Stevens, was caught by officers and charged with unlawful entry, according to reports.

Department of Juvenile Justice petitions were signed against one 14-year-old, two 15-year-olds and three 16-year-olds in the incident, charging them with unlawful entry. Their names were not released because of they are under 17. They were released to their parents, the report said.

Contact senior reporter Jenny Arnold at jarnold@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1151