Harrisburg man arrested for shooting teen he mistook for vandal

Euscebio Frias-Ovalles

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities have arrested a Harrisburg man charged with attempted homicide last month after police said he opened fire on a group of children he mistook for vandals.

Euscebio Frias-Ovalles, 55, was taken into custody Thursday by the U.S. Marshal’s Service in the Hazelton area, city police announced Thursday.

Authorities had been looking for Frias-Ovalles since charging him in a March 24 shooting in the 500 block of Camp Street, where authorities said he fired a handgun at six children between the ages of 12 and 14.

A 14-year-old boy was struck by a bullet on the index finger of his right hand.

Police said Frias-Ovalles believed the youths had damaged his property, but it was another group of juveniles who had been throwing bricks at windows.

At this time, police said he has not made any statements regarding the incident.

He will be brought back to Dauphin County to be arraigned on charges that include aggravated assault, recklessly endangering, and a firearms offense, in addition to the attempted homicide count.

Police also charged Frias-Ovalles with drug offenses. They said they searched his home after the shooting and found $240 worth of heroin and 100 worth of marijuana.

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