BALDWIN (KDKA) – A second juvenile has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a Baldwin teen earlier this month.
According to the criminal complaint, Bryson Koontz, 17, was arrested Wednesday night.
On Aug. 15, 17-year-old Nathan Assad allegedly set up a drug deal with 16-year-old Nathan Lee.
Lee and another juvenile, later identified as Koontz, drove to Baldwin to meet Assad. When they arrived, Assad got into the back seat of Koontz’s vehicle. At that time, Koontz allegedly handed Lee a gun, who then robbed Assad of marijuana and a gold chain.
After the robbery, Assad got out of the vehicle and Koontz took off. Meanwhile, Assad and a witness gave chase in another vehicle.
At that time, Koontz allegedly handed Lee the gun a second time. Lee reportedly leaned out the window and fired three shots. Assad was shot in the face and later died at UPMC Mercy Hospital.
Koontz is facing a list of charges, including criminal homicide, robbery and possession of a firearm. He is being charged as an adult.
Koontz was a quarterback for the Clairton High School football team.
“He played high school football, he’s the quarterback. I don’t know, he just messed up. I don’t know what was going through his head, something snapped, though,” Christopher Verlich, a teammate, said.
Lee was arrested the day after the shooting. He is facing a list of charges including, criminal homicide, aggravated assault, robbery and possession of a firearm by a minor. He will also be charged as an adult in the case.
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