STEELTON, Pa. (WHTM) – A Swatara Township woman has been arrested for a shooting that critically injured a 17-year-old boy.
Damaris Vidot, 30, is charged with attempted homicide and aggravated assault for the incident Tuesday evening at her home in the 700 block of Highland Street.
Vidot told police she had argued with her 17-year-old niece over a Facebook post, and the girl came to her house with several others who began threatening her. She said she pulled out her gun as she stood on her porch and warned the group to get off her property, according to the criminal complaint filed by township police.
She said the 17-year-old boy reached into his pocket and said, “Yeah, I got one of them, too. We can do this.”
As the argument escalated, Vidot told investigators she pushed the teen with one hand and the gun in her other hand discharged.
A witness, however, told police that Vidot and the teen were about three feet apart, never had contact, and his hands were by his side when Vidot shot him in the neck, the complaint states.
A 17-year-old boy was taken to a hospital. Police said the shot severed his spinal cord.
“It is scary hearing this, especially when it’s a child. It gets your guard up a little bit. You are worried, but we’re still out in the neighborhood walking around. We’re not going to let that stop us,” neighbor Susan Spoljaric said.
“The interaction on social media was negative, nasty,” Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said. “To an extent, there were obscenities that were used, and that’s probably what heightened everybody’s emotions.”
Vidot was placed in Dauphin County Prison on $500,000 bail A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 12.
“It’s scary,” Spoljaric said. “You hate to see it happen to anyone. You pray for all the people involved with it. It’s a bad situation that no body wants to find out, especially if it’s in your neighborhood.”
Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (717) 564-2550.