STEUBENVILLE - What started as a man trying to see his children early Sunday ended with him getting shot at and the shooter being arrested, along with two mothers who had children in the car while the shots were being fired, City Police reported.
Mychal Matthews, 24, of Pittsburgh was arrested on a felonious assault charge. Brittany Moore, 24, of Pittsburgh and Cherelle Feaster, 22, of 442 S. Sixth St. each were charged with possession of drugs, child endangerment and possession of a drug abuse instrument.
Police reported a man who has children to both Moore and Feaster was trying to see the child to Moore using Feaster as help.
The victim went to Feaster's residence around 5:30 a.m. Sunday and looked in the window and saw Matthews and Moore doing drugs, police reported. The victim got angry and got into an altercation with Matthews, police reported.
Police Chief William McCafferty said Matthews went to his car, got a gun and started firing shots at the victim. Matthews then got Moore and Feaster and two, 2-year-olds, into the car and went after the victim. The victim meanwhile had called police to report shots being fired at him and gave a description of the car, the chief said. The victim then called back and said shots were again being fired at him, this time from inside a car.
Officers searched the surrounding area and stopped the car in the 100 block of South Eighth Street.
McCafferty said Matthews was driving, with Moore in the front passenger seat and Feaster in the rear seat.
A 9 mm handgun, two magazines with bullets and spent shell casings were found on the middle console, McCafferty said. Moore was complaining of burns on her leg that were caused by discharged shell casings hitting her in the leg, the chief said.
Heroin and a spoon were found in a bag where Moore was sitting, police reported.
Cocaine and nine hypodermic needles were found in a bag where Feaster was sitting, police reported.
All three are scheduled to appear today in municipal court for an arraignment.