SHARON, Pa. (WKBN) – Bond was set at $1 million for the 16-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing his 15-year-old friend in Sharon.
Christopher Dickson, Jr. is charged as an adult with first-degree homicide. He’s accused of killing Anthony “Tony” Keppel in his Sharon home Tuesday evening.
Investigators said the two got into an argument before the deadly shooting.
Police said the shooting happened at 5:35 p.m. inside a house in the 700 block of Meek Street where a number of kids had gathered. Keppel, who was found with a gunshot wound to his chest, was taken to Sharon Regional Health Systems, where he died a short time later.
A neighbor said she heard the gunshots and ran outside to find Keppel lying on the ground, fighting for his life. She said someone used her phone to call 911.
Officers arrested Dickson about a mile away, in the 200 block of Liberty Street, less than three hours after the shooting.
“We had reports of sightings of this individual in various places in town,” said Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith.
According to a criminal complaint, Dickson was identified as the shooter by the victim’s 13-year-old brother and an adult witness.
When Dickson was arrested, he admitted to the shooting and led officers to the murder weapon on Ormond Avenue, according to the complaint.
“It’s sad. This is an incident that was most likely preventable and basically destroyed two families,” Chief Smith said. “There are some things you can’t take back like pulling the trigger.”
Extra patrols were brought in to Dickson’s court hearing on Wednesday after concerns over social media conversations.
Both Keppel and Dickson are Sharon High School students. Students and staff at Sharon Middle-High School are stunned and saddened by the tragic events that led to a classmate being killed and another arrested.
“I think anytime you look at students you have your ups and downs, but they are good kids. They are hardworking kids, they were polite kids, very well-mannered and they are kids that are going to be missed,” said Principal Mike Fitzgerald.
Grief counselors will be available at the school, which had its first day on Monday. Fitzgerald said they will continue to monitor the students and provide whatever services they need.
“Right now, we are just kind of taking some things internally, seeing what our kids needs are and where we can best benefit them and our staff,” Fitzgerald said.
Dickson is due again in court at 10:30 a.m. September 13. Keppel’s autopsy is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Police have corrected the spelling of the victim’s last name. WKBN regrets the error.