Johnstown, PA

Fatal Shooting at Johnstown's Oakhurst Homes Leads to Homicide Charges

Desiree Haros
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JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — A tragic incident unfolded early Friday morning at Johnstown's Oakhurst Homes, resulting in a man losing his life and a woman sustaining injuries in a shooting. Authorities are actively seeking a city man, Jashon Gordon, who now faces homicide charges in connection with the incident.

The victim, identified as 19-year-old Emerald Nugent Jr. from the city's Hornerstown section, lost his life due to the gunfire. Cambria County District Attorney Gregory Neugebauer has confirmed that Gordon, 22, has been charged with homicide and additional counts related to the shooting.

Law enforcement officials are urging anyone with information regarding Gordon's whereabouts to contact 911 or the Johnstown Police Department as part of their ongoing efforts to locate and apprehend him.

The shooting occurred at Building 29 within the Oakhurst Homes housing complex at 4:11 a.m. on Friday, according to authorities. Neugebauer revealed in an email that two individuals were struck by gunfire during the incident, resulting in one fatality.

An autopsy conducted on Friday afternoon at ForensicDx in Windber determined that Nugent succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, with Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees officially classifying his death as a homicide.

The woman injured in the incident was transported to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center by EMS. As of the latest update, specific details about her condition were unavailable, but Neugebauer noted that she was expected to recover from her injuries.

Law enforcement officials have successfully recovered what is believed to be the firearm used in the shooting, providing them with crucial evidence for the ongoing investigation. Further updates will be provided as they become available, Neugebauer assured.

Despite the tragic events, normalcy resumed for Oakhurst Homes residents on Friday, with CamTran buses and school buses running as scheduled.

Responding to the incident were multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Johnstown and West Hills Regional police departments, the Cambria County Coroner's Office, the Johnstown Fire Department, the Conemaugh Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), and West End and 7th Ward ambulances.

Notably, Gordon had previously pleaded guilty to a third-degree felony charge of possession of firearms without a license, as indicated in court documents. In a 2021 case, Gordon was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by East Conemaugh Borough police, during which an AK-47 rifle and a pistol were discovered, according to contemporaneous reports.


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