Police investigating fire at alleged shooter’s home

State police from Bedford are investigating a shooting and a subsequent “suspicious fire” at the Everett area home of the alleged shooter that occurred after he was incarcerated in lieu of $150,000 cash bail.

A state police fire marshal was at the scene Friday to pinpoint the location where the fire started, how it may have started, and who started it, said Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins.

The investigation was ongoing as of Friday night, Higgins stated.

Higgins, when asked about a motive for the shooting incident, called it “drug-related.”

The Bedford DA said that two men, Steven Leroy Dunkle, 44, of 511 Monroe St., West Providence Township, Bedford County, the alleged shooter, and Craig Lee Showalter, 33, of Everett, the victim, were in the Dunkle residence, “getting high” and “acting stupid.”

What began as a verbal argument turned violent, and Dunkle allegedly shot at Showalter, according to state police.

Showalter suffered injuries to his head and leg.

Officers from the Bedford and Everett police departments arrived before state police, and they detained Dunkle until troopers arrived.

After the shooting, state police obtained a search warrant for the Dunkle home, and according to Higgins, they discovered between 10 and 20 marijuana plants, approximately 2 pounds of marijuana and cash.

Higgins said a large number of weapons was confiscated.

Dunkle was charged before Magisterial District Judge Kathy S. Calhoun with criminal attempt at homicide, possession with intent to deliver, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another person.

His bond was set at $150,000 cash. He could not post bond and was taken to the Bedford County Jail.

State court records show that Dunkle is being represented by Altoona defense attorney Steven P. Passarello, who could not be reached Friday.

His preliminary hearing has been set for July 9 before Calhoun.

Dunkle lived alone, Higgins said.

On Thursday evening, a fire broke out at Dunkle’s residence.

Higgins called it “clearly a suspicious fire.”

He said the home sustained water damage.

Attempts to reach Showalter on Friday to ask him about the events were not successful.