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Shooting Defendant Accused of Taking Gun in Burglary

An East Donegal Township man already accused of attempted murder in a Dauphin County shooting is now accused of stealing a gun from a house in Elizabethtown.

The crimes are not believed to be related. Elizabethtown Police Detective Matthew T. Shuey said the gun stolen in Elizabethtown is not believed to have been used in the Dauphin County shooting.

Tanner Allen Stark, now 22, of Colebrook Road near Nolt Road, is awaiting formal arraignment on burglary and other charges in Lancaster County Court, which is scheduled for Friday, May 11, court records show. In addition to burglary, a felony of the first degree, Stark is charged in Lancaster County with one count of theft involving a firearm, a felony of the second degree, and one count of criminal mischief, a misdemeanor of the third degree.

Elizabethtown police allege that Stark is responsible for an Oct. 25, 2016, burglary in the 100 block of East Hummelstown Street, which is between Hanover and Spruce streets. The victim of that burglary told police that a firearm was among the items taken.

Stark was already jailed in Dauphin County on more than 100 charges including three counts of attempted murder. Prosecutors allege Stark was the primary gunman in a shooting at a Londonderry Township tavern on March 24, 2017.

Police allege that Stark was asked to leave the River House Bar and Grille at around 1:30 a.m. that day after members of security noticed he was carrying a gun, police said.

Stark became belligerent as he made his way to the parking lot where he then opened fire on the building before retreating into a nearby wooded area, police said.

Police allege that a few minutes later, Stark fired at two men in the parking lot. All three men were hit in the crossfire, police said.

Another person was struck in the leg inside the restaurant, according to police.

The Advocate contacted Stark’s lawyer, George H. Matangos, to invite him to comment for this article, but got no response by press time.

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