New Year's Eve shooting: Chambersburg man jailed

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A Chambersburg man already wanted in a July shooting is now accused of injuring someone in another shooting on New Year’s Eve.

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Nijah Malik Abdul Rahim

Nijah Malik Abdul Rahim, 25, was taken into custody by Chambersburg police following a foot chase just after midnight this morning.

Abdul Rahim is also a suspect in a July 2 shooting on Hemlock Circle in which multiple shots were fired into an occupied residence.

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Thursday’s shooting happened in the parking lot at the strip mall in the 900 block of Wayne Avenue where the Giant grocery store and several other businesses are located.

Two occupied vehicles, one unoccupied vehicle, and two business exterior walls were struck by bullets during the latest shooting, police said.  A man injured in the shooting was taken to Chambersburg Hospital by private vehicle before police arrived at the scene. He was airlifted to a regional trauma center, where he is in stable condition this morning.

Chambersburg Police were called to 987 Wayne Ave. for a report of shots fired shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.  Officers answering the call found one person had been shot and was no longer present at the scene. 

Witnesses told police the man who was shot left as the passenger in a dark-colored sedan.  Witnesses also said the suspects fled in a silver or gray Ford SUV. 

None of the individuals in the occupied vehicles were injured. One of the witnesses knew the shooter and provided Abdul Rahim’s name to police. Police went to an address previously connected to Abdul Rahim at 12:15 a.m. this morning. 

Abdul Rahim fled fled out a back door.  A foot chase ended with him being caught by local police assisted by state police troopers in the center median of Interstate 81 at Exit 14.

Charges from the New Year’s Eve shooting:

  • Criminal Attempted homicide, a first degree homicide charge
  • Aggravated Assault – Attempts to cause SBI or causes injury with extreme indifference, a first degree felony
  • Firearms Not To Be Carried Without a license, a third degree felony
  • Discharge Of A Firearm Into Occupied Structure, 4 counts, third degree felonies
  • 8 18 § 2705 M2 Recklessly Endangering Another Person, 5 counts, second degree misdemeanors

Charges from the July shooting:

  • Discharge Of A Firearm Into Occupied Structure, 7 counts, third degree felonies
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person, two counts, second degree misdemeanors.

Abdul Rahim was denied bail during an arraignment this morning on both sets of charges. Magisterial District Judge Kelly Rock ruled that releasing him on bail would pose a threat to society.

Preliminary hearings in both cases will take place January 11.

Police were assuring the public today that the capture of Abdul Rahim eliminated a danger to the public. The victim and the shooter know each other, they said, calling the shooting “an isolated incident”. 

“Citizens should feel safe patronizing the businesses in the area of 987 Wayne Avenue,” a police investigator said.

Anyone with further information about the shooting is asked to contact the Chambersburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 717-264-4131 or leave a tip on CRIMEWATCH®.

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