Police: Man shot into Antis Township after a fight home

A Blandburg man has been charged with shooting into a home in Antis Township late Sunday as a result of an altercation.

Police said David Robert Cherry, 36, was charged with aggravated assault after allegedly firing at least five shots from a 9mm pistol into the home of George and Dorothy Harper, 2009 Tuckahoe Road in Antis Township.

Cherry fired the shots after getting into an altercation earlier Sunday with relatives of the Harpers, police said. Cherry had been at a shooting range on the property of George Harper III, 2013 Tuckahoe Road, and his son, Malacki Harper, police said. After leaving the residence, Cherry sent Malacki Harper sexual text messages about Harper’s girlfriend and her mother, police said.

Malacki Harper told Cherry to return to their residence, police said, to speak with his girlfriend and her mother. There, Cherry was involved in a fight and was assaulted, police said.

After leaving the Harper’s residence, Cherry continued to send threatening messages, police said.

After “driving around for a time,” police said, Cherry fired the rounds into George and Dorothy Harper’s residence. Both residents were home at the time of the shooting, police said.

One of the bullets traveled through the front screen and door, police said. The bullet then went through the living room and through another wall before coming to rest on the bathroom floor, police said. Police said George Harper was in the bathroom at the time of the shooting.

Police tried to make contact with Cherry early Monday and saw a loaded Glock 9 mm handgun on the passenger side of his car. He was interviewed Monday afternoon by police and said he believes the Harpers “lured” him back to their residence “so he could be beat up,” police said.

Cherry told police that he did not recall the shooting and was instead traveling to Tyrone at the time to visit a state liquor store, police said. Police said Cherry told them the Tuckahoe Road site of the shooting was not on his way home.

Cherry also faces charges of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and reckless endangerment, police said. He was arraigned Wednesday.

Court records indicate he is being held in the Blair County Prison on $100,000 bail.

Police are investigating the earlier assault on Cherry, and arrests are expected to be made at a later date, police said.