Wilkes-Barre man pleads guilty to charges in gas station shooting


WILKES-BARRE — A man whom Hanover Township police allegedly participated in a shootout at a gas station has pleaded guilty to related charges.

Taquil Lishemel Baley, 22, of Hutson Street, Wilkes-Barre, was involved in a shooting at the Starr Convenient Mart on South Main Street on August 6, 2020, court records show.

Police in court records say Baley exchanged gunfire with 29-year-old Malik Macon near the Gas Pump Islands. No injuries were reported in the incident, which was recorded by surveillance cameras.

In court Tuesday before Luzerne County Chairman Judge Michael T. Vough, Baley pleaded guilty to not carrying firearms without a license and recklessly endangering another person. Prosecutors dropped charges of aggravated assault, common assault and propelling missiles into an occupied vehicle against Baley.

Baley is expected to be sentenced on July 1.

Macon, formerly of Boland Avenue, Hanover Township, is due to stand trial next week before Vough on charges of aggravated assault and common assault in connection with the shooting.

At a related trial in April, a jury found Macon guilty of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm at the scene of the shooting. The firearm offense was severed from the aggravated assault trial.

Court records and surveillance video released during Macon’s trial showed Macon parking a vehicle next to a gas pump and Baley stopping at another pump.

The two men had words when Baley entered the store and Macon retrieved a gun from inside his vehicle.

When Baley exited the store, Macon fired several bullets which struck Baley’s vehicle. In return, Baley fired multiple rounds at Macon before fleeing the scene, according to court records.

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