Hammond teen held on $7,500 bail after allegedly shooting rifle at a vehicle following bad drug deal, police say
Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 9:02 am


HAMMOND -- A Hammond teen is being held on $7,500 bail after allegedly shooting a rifle at another vehicle following a drug deal Nov. 13, according to state police.

State police responded to what was reported initially as a personal injury car crash in the vicinity of county Route 6 and state Highway 12 in the town of Hammond.

Troopers say an investigation revealed that Christian Johnston, 18 of Hammond, had discharged multiple rounds from a Ruger .556 semi-automatic rifle, at a vehicle occupied by four passengers, a 2010 Kia, driven by 18-year-old Vincent R. Adams, of Redwood.

Adams then lost control and ran off the roadway, striking several trees on the north shoulder of the roadway and rolled over, according to state police. The front seat passenger, identified as Connor J. Langling, 18, of Lafargeville, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.

Upon further investigation, Adams and his three passengers, Connor J. Langling, Sabion Hardy and Cervontes P. Hardy, were found to have gone to a residence on county Route 6, in the town of Morristown, to purchase some marijuana, according to troopers.

They met up with Johnston who gave them approximately three ounces of marijuana at which time Adams sped away without paying for the plant, according to state police.

Adams' vehicle fled toward Hammond and Johnston followed in a 2005 Cadillac, police said. Johnston began to fire at the vehicle and a bullet struck the rear of Adams' van. Adams drove east on County Route 6 and right through the intersection of State Highway 12, losing control of his vehicle, troopers said.

Cervontes P. Hardy, 18, of Redwood, Sabion Hardy, 17, of Redwood, and Connor J. Langling, were treated at the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Both Hardys were arrested and charged with criminal possession of marihuana fourth-degree.

Johnston was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal sale of marihuana, criminal possession of a weapon: brass knuckles and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon: rifle.

He was remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility in lieu of $7,500 cash bail, or $15,000 bond, troopers said.