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City man accused of shooting at man

Holland faces assault, gun charges

An Altoona man is in custody on charges he fired a .40 caliber handgun at a man last week.

According to Altoona police, Dominick J. Holland, 20, shot a .40 caliber handgun at a man outside a home on the 1700 block of 14th Street just before 3 a.m. Thursday. Police said Holland was out on bail for a pending drug case and wearing an ankle monitor.

Police were initially dispatched to the area for a report of fireworks, but in the morning, a neighbor contacted police to report his security camera had captured a shooting on video.

The neighbor looked at his camera footage after he was contacted by former tenants of a neighboring apartment who asked if there had been a shooting outside his house during the night, according to the charges.

The former neighbors told him that Holland had shot at another man and when he reviewed the footage, it showed two males, one with a backpack, who stopped at the steps of the neighboring building.

Police said Holland was the male wearing the backpack. A man exits the neighboring home and starts talking to Holland and the other male before another male walks out of the home.

Police said the four stand and talk and while one of them stays on the sidewalk, Holland can be seen walking between the buildings and then talking to one of the males on the steps.

The footage then appears to show Holland aim a handgun at one of the males, followed by a muzzle flash. Police said one of the males on the steps ducked and held his hand out while the other male retreated inside.

Police said the male on the sidewalk ran while Holland stayed for about a minute and he and the alleged victim continued to talk.

Police said they were able to corroborate it was Holland by his Facebook photos.

A .40 caliber casing was found at the scene and investigators said other neighbors told police they heard what sounded like a gunshot or fireworks about 3 a.m. Officers also located where the bullet had struck the building.

Police said they spoke to another witness who said Holland contacted her Thursday and talked about the shooting, making the claim the alleged victim had tried to rob him, according to the charges.

Holland had been in Blair County Prison after his arrest in January on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, but he was released March 11 on an unsecured bond.

Police said Holland was placed back in jail after his bail was revoked, but he was released June 19. According to police, Holland was wearing an ankle monitor as part of his supervised bail and investigators said GPS data from the monitor placed him within 30 feet of the shooting scene.

When police searched for Holland after the shooting, a suspect vehicle fled police at a high rate of speed from the area of Cherry Avenue and Hill Street and Holland’s ankle bracelet, which had been cut off, was then found in the area of Juniata Gap Road and Cherry Avenue.

Holland, who turned 20 on Monday, was arraigned Tuesday on felony counts that include aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a firearm without a license as well as misdemeanor counts of possession of a firearm by a minor and recklessly endangering another person.

Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones set bail at $250,000 cash and Holland remains in Blair County Prison. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 15.

Mirror Staff Writer Greg Bock is at 946-7458.

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