Anthony Russell, 16, arrested in shooting of man on playground in Reading

Suspect jailed on charges of attempted 1st degree murder, assault

Published: Oct 28 2013 10:52:56 AM EDT   Updated On: Oct 28 2013 06:01:29 PM EDT
READING, Pa. -

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in the shooting of a man on a playground in Reading.

Anthony Russell was behind bars Monday on adult charges of attempted first degree murder, aggravated and simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and possession of a firearm by a minor.

Russell was with two other people on the 2nd and Oley streets playground last Tuesday night when they began to argue with someone, police said. Russell then pulled out a gun and shot the person in his left leg, according to court documents.

A person who was with the victim at the time of the shooting gave police a detailed description of the gunman, according to court documents.

The same witness spotted Russell sitting at a bus stop at North 5th and Spring streets Saturday afternoon and called police, according to court documents.

Russell, identified as the suspect, was arrested about a half-hour later in the 700 block of Spring Street and committed to the Berks County Jail on $500,000 bail. He's due in court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 8.