A man has pleaded guilty to the 2021 shooting death of a mother of six outside a Kenny Township bowling alley.
The shots were fired around 10:30 p.m. after an argument that started inside Kennedy Lanes at Pine Hollow Road continued into the parking lot.
Deprincess Perkins, 35, and Antwan Harris were shot, police said. Perkins, who was shot in the stomach, died at a hospital. Harris was also taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds to both legs.
Detectives found numerous bullet holes in the passenger side of a car. At least 14 spent shell casings were found in the parking lot and in the car. A handgun was also found in the area, police said.
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Harris told detectives at the hospital that he was inside the bowling alley with Perkins when she said she forgot her wallet in her car. They walked out of the bowling alley toward her car and heard gunshots, but they weren’t sure where they came from. Harris said they both tried to take cover on the driver’s side of the car.
Malik Smith, 19, was arrested in the shooting.
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Smith told investigators after his arrest that he was bowling in lane one and, at some point, got out to get his phone out of a car. He said he heard gunshots and ran away. He said that inside the bowling alley, someone pointed a silver-looking gun at him and that’s when he and his friends decided to leave.
Smith’s story was contradicted by security camera footage, according to court documents. Smith later told investigators that Harris had stolen the gun from his mother several months ago. He said Harris said something about the stolen gun when he went into the bowling alley. Investigators said Smith later told them that he went out into the parking lot, heard gunshots, returned fire and got behind a car to fire more shots.
Smith pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter and a firearms violation. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 26, 2022.
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