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Easton police arrest suspect in Coal Street shooting

Authorities allege victim was there for drug deal

EASTON, Pa. - Easton police allege that a man suspected in last week’s shooting of a 29-year-old on the city’s South Side was there to sell hundreds of prescription pills.

Authorities charged Adam J. Leiman, of Church Street in Easton, with attempted homicide, conspiracy and aggravated assault in connection to the Dec. 14 shooting in the 400 block of Coal Street. District Judge Daniel Corpora arraigned the 21-year-old late Wednesday morning, setting bail at $100,000 with a 10 percent cash option if approved by pre-trial services.

Police were dispatched to Coal Street at West Wilkes Barre Street about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14 for a reported gunshot victim. Officers arrived to find the victim in the street, suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and leg. Police said a witness was kneeling next to him.

The victim was taken to the hospital, and authorities recovered evidence of a shooting from the scene.

Police interviewed the victim shortly after 8 a.m. the next day, and he reported that he was walking in the 400 block of Coal Street, when two men wearing hooded sweatshirts approached from Hoyt Street. He reported they fired several shots, hitting him twice.

The witness, meanwhile, shared a different account of what transpired.

Investigators learned that the witness had driven the victim to the 400 block of Coal Street to purchase 500 tablets of Xanax from someone that the witness knew on Facebook as “A.J. Leiman,” according to court records.

After the witness parked, the victim stepped out of the vehicle to meet with Leiman and another man to finalize the buy, according to records. The witness reported watching as the second man pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim and started shooting.

Court records do not indicate the identity of the second man.

Authorities are still searching for the second man, described as a black male in his early 20s with a thin build and light facial hair, standing 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6. He was wearing a green, hooded sweatshirt and black hat at the time of the shooting.

Police said the witness picked Leiman out of a photo array as the man who was with the alleged shooter.

Leiman failed to post bail following his arraignment and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Nov. 3.

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