Whitehall News

Police: Whitehall’s first homicide likely drug-related


A 20-year-old man was shot and killed Jan. 6 in the parking lot of a United Dairy Farmers in Whitehall.

The fatality marks Whitehall’s first homicide of 2013.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting but it appears to be drug-related, Whitehall Sgt. Dan Kelso said Jan. 7.

There were multiple witnesses to the fatal shooting. Whitehall police arrested a 27-year-old man about six hours after the shooting at an apartment complex on Parklawn Boulevard.

Whitehall police identified the victim as Laecinneo D. Bradford, 20, of 2053 Argyle Drive.

Police arrested Robert A. Pouncey Jr., 27, of 1120 Minnesota Avenue, in connection with the shooting. Pouncey is charged with one count of aggravated murder. Additional charges are expected, Kelso said.

Police responded to a report of shots fired at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 6 in the parking lot of United Dairy Farmers, 4374 E. Broad St., but when police arrived no victims or suspects were located.

Several minutes later, police found Bradford at a Speedway at 4901 E. Main St., about two miles from the scene of the shooting, where Bradford’s friend had driven him, police said.

Whitehall medics transported Bradford to Grant Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later, police said.

Read the full story in the Jan. 10 edition of ThisWeek Whitehall News.