Lawsuit Considered In Pottstown Home Shooting

POTTSTOWN PA – As two 19-year-old Pottstown men await preliminary hearings on their alleged involvement in a March 24 (2019) shooting outside a West Street home, the family that lives there has hired an attorney to consider legal action against the Pottstown School District, which it suggests did little to solve bullying problems at Pottstown Middle School that investigators said led up to the gunfire.

Members of the Samba family returned to their property Wednesday (April 10), and were relieved to be back into the house, according to several media reports.

Meanwhile shooting suspects Makael Bevins and Ahnile Fountain, who were arrested Tuesday (April 9) by Pottstown police, are being housed in the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville PA. Cash bail for each was set at $500,000. Court records show they are scheduled for preliminary hearings April 24 (Wednesday) in the Pottstown courtroom of Magisterial District Justice Edward C. Kropp Sr.

Bevins faces 135 charges; Fountain, 134. Topping the lists for both are nine counts of criminal attempted murder in the first degree.

Thomas Kenny, the attorney hired by the family to determine whether it should sue the district, told WFMZ-TV news Thursday (April 11) his office “will not hesitate to pursue any and all legal remedies” if the pair arrested in the shooting “had any ties to the bullying, which started within the walls of Pottstown Middle School and continued for months both on and off the school grounds without proper intervention by school officials.”

Bevins and Fountain were located shortly after the police department publicly issued wanted posters for their arrests. They “were located in the west end of Pottstown Borough” near Quinter and Glasgow streets, and “were taken into custody after a short foot chase,” it reported in a media statement.

Photos from the Pottstown Police Department