Four injured, one arrested in accidental shooting in Donora

June 30, 2014
Daniel K. Clark

DONORA – A shotgun discharged early Sunday while a Donora man was attempting to unload it, spraying four people on his front porch with birdshot, borough police said.

Three of the four victims were treated at Mon Valley Hospital for what police described as nonlife-threatening injuries.

Police did not identify the victims in court records filed in the arrest of Daniel K. Clark, the man accused of accidentally firing the 12-gauge shotgun.

Clark, 26, allegedly was drunk while handling the weapon outside his residence about 12:50 a.m.

Police initially were summoned there for a report of a woman who was shot in the leg.

Clark was charged with four counts of recklessly endangering another person and one count each of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct involving a hazardous offense.

He was placed in Washington County jail on $25,000 bond set Sunday morning by District Judge Larry Hopkins, and released later that afternoon after posting bond.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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