Parents charged in Waynesboro shooting

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The parents of a 13-year-old boy who fatally shot and killed his younger brother in Waynesboro earlier this month are in Franklin County Jail today, facing felony child endangerment charges.

Pennsylvania State Police obtained arrest warrants for Mark Wayne Snyder, 34, and Stacey Renee Wright-Snyder, 33, earlier Today. Both were in custody facing a preliminary arrangement on the charges this afternoon before Magisterial District Judge Annie Gomez-Shockey.

Gomez-Shockey set Mark Snyder’s bail at $100,000 and his wife’s at $75,000. As of late afternoon neither had posted bail. Both have preliminary hearings July 17 In Franklin County’s Central Court.

A private attorney is representing Mark Snyder.

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The shooting

The shooting happened at about 6 a.m. July 8 when the two boys were alone in the living room of the of the family’s Cleveland Avenue home.

The boys were playing a game of “cops and robbers,” police said. The 13-year-old had a 9-mm handgun Mark Snyder kept in an unsecured console in the couch.

He became angry with his younger brother, who was watching videos on a phone instead of participating in the game. So he put the gun to his brother’s head and pulled the trigger.

He picked up a phone, called 911 and told a dispatcher his brother was hurt and needed help.

Emergency responders started CPR and the younger boy was rushed to Waynesboro, where he was pronounced dead.


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The investigation

Those interviews eliminated everyone but the 13-year-old as suspects, according to the court documents.

Mark Snyder told police he keeps two loaded handguns in an unlocked console in the couch in the living room where the shooting took place. He kept the guns there “for home protection,” he told police.

Medical personnel determined the child had a bullet wound to the head. He had a contact wound to the back of his head behind his left ear. An exit wound was visible at the top right side of his head, according to court records.The Franklin County Coroner’s officeverified the cause of death.


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The charges

Charges filed against the teen include first degree homicide and second degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon

He is represented by George H. Matangos, a private attorney from Lemoyne, according to court records.

Monday’s preliminary hearing in the teen’s case has been postponed until July 24.

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