READING, Pa. - Investigators have charged a 17-year-old boy as an adult in connection with a shooting in Reading over the weekend. Berks County District Attorney John Adams said the case is an example of a disturbing trend of youth violence.
RPD officers responded to reports of a shooting shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of Marion Street. Investigators said Kevin Desiderio, 17, fired multiple rounds from a .22 pistol into a house while people were inside.
"Many of these recent gun crimes we're seeing in the city of Reading are being committed by youthful offenders," Adams said, "individuals who have no right to own or carry a firearm."
Desiderio met a friend and demanded she tell him where one of her friends lived, according to the police, who said at one point, Desiderio allegedly chambered a round and pointed the gun at her.
"Part of the motive here was a domestic incident, but it got carried away," Adams said, "and it should never have escalated into the use of a firearm."
Ultimately, investigators said Desiderio parked behind a home in the 1100 block of Marion Street, got out of the vehicle, and opened fire on a home that had people, including children, inside.
A witness said Desiderio got back in the car and continued to shoot as he drove off. Fortunately, nobody was hit.
"He utilized a handgun he illegally possessed to shoot into an occupied home, placing many individuals in fear of serious bodily injury," Adams said. "The danger to the community is amplified by a 17-year-old young man who has to be off the streets based upon these actions."
Desiderio was charged with robbery, making terroristic threats, aggravated assault and discharging a firearm into an occupied structure.