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High-ranking gang member charged in fatal shooting

High-ranking gang member charged in fatal shooting

HAMILTON TWP., Pa. - An alleged high-ranking gang member has been charged in a deadly drive-by shooting that happened months ago in the Poconos.

Newly-released court documents are piecing together the chain of events that led to the murder.

Police say the shooting took place in Hamilton Township, Monroe County, in January after two people trying to buy drugs were robbed.

One of the bullets hit Darcey Kravchenko in the head, killing him.

Police arrested five people: Bruce Murray, Dygunn Mitchell, Jacqueline Harrigan, Brandon Wilson, and Kaylynn Bunnell.

None of the suspects spoke at their preliminary hearings, but court records show Murray, Mitchell, and Wilson, all admitted members of the Black P Stone Street gang, told police that 31 year-old Sirvonn Taylor sanctioned the shooting.

According to those documents, Murray spoke to investigators in February and called Sirvonn Taylor "one of the high ranking" members of the gang.

During the interview, Murray told investigators he talked to Taylor three times before the drive by shooting on Old Timber Road.

According to the records, when Taylor was asked what the gang members should do.

Taylor told them to do "whatever they wanted."

Court records say Daygunn Mitchell is accused of hiding the murder weapon, a black 357 revolver, at Sirvonn Taylor's home in Stoudsburg Borough, and Taylor allegedly helped Wilson escape to New York.

All of the suspects who spoke with police say they shot because Sirvonn Taylor said it was okay to do so.

When investigators asked what would have happened if Taylor told the men not to shoot, Daygunn Mitchell said, "We wouldn't have shot."

Four of the five suspects have pleaded guilty to murder in the third degree as an accomplice and admitted they committed the crime with the aid and encouragement of Sirvonn Taylor.

Taylor is facing a homicide charge.

He is in the Monroe County Correctional Facility with bail set at $250,000.

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