Shooting suspect in police custody

Weakland, city teen wanted for attempted murder near Sunoco, turns himself in


Altoona resident Preston Weakland, 17, who allegedly fired a single shot at two teenage boys Saturday, turned himself in Thursday evening, an Altoona Police Department spokesman said.

Weakland was wanted on an attempted murder charge in connection with an incident that occurred during the weekend in front of the Sunoco gas station at 1700 Seventh Ave.

Police previously arrested four other individuals on charges related to the incident, but requested the public’s help in locating Weakland, who fled the scene after the shooting.

About 2:40 p.m. Saturday, Weakland allegedly shot at two teenage boys after an argument that one of the victims said was gang-related.

Three teenage boys were allegedly with Weakland at the time of the shooting, including Collin Brothers and Gage Harf, who were both charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and multiple other crimes.

Ailsa Ramcharan was charged with firearms-related crimes after police learned she allegedly sold the handgun used in the shooting to William Kern, who police reported was a minor at the time of the sale.

Kern was charged with multiple firearms-related crimes, allegedly selling the handgun to Weakland, and then recovering the weapon from the crime scene with the intent of cleaning off any incriminating fingerprints.

According to court documents, the firearm has not yet been recovered.

Weakland was accompanied by attorney Thomas Dickey when he turned himself in, Altoona police Sgt. Matt Plummer said.

Mirror Staff Writer Ike Fredregill is at 814-946-7458.


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