Court documents identify former Lancaster Mayor Charlie Smithgall as the person who fired shots at a man who is charged with trying to rob his pharmacy at gunpoint last week.
They also describe an assault on a customer and a violent struggle between Smithgall, 72, and the intruder in the presence of several employees.
The documents were filed Tuesday along with charges against Brandon Galette, 24, who remains hospitalized in serious condition, according to police. Galette's condition was improving as of Monday, according to police.
The Harrisburg man and a second, unidentified male attempted to take Oxycodone from the West Lemon Street pharmacy Oct. 23, according to police.
Their attempt was foiled after Smithgall shot Galette — who entered the pharmacy wielding a gun —several times, according to police.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Smithgall confirmed the documents identify him as the shooter.
“At the advice of police and my attorney, I'm not going to say anything,” he said. “I'm sorry about that.”
The incident is still under investigation and the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office has not yet ruled on whether the shooting was justified.
Court documents outline what authorities say happened during the robbery attempt.
Galette and the second male entered the pharmacy just after 2:39 p.m., wearing black ski masks, hoodies and pants. The second male waited outside while Galette went in and pointed his handgun at a female customer and a clerk, according to the affidavit filed by police.
Galette grabbed the customer and threw her into display shelving and onto the ground while yelling “Oxycodone, where's the Oxycodone?”
He ran past the main counter to a back room where other workers were filling prescriptions. The second male followed Galette to the back of the pharmacy. As he entered the back room, he pointed his black handgun in the faces of four people, including Smithgall, according to the affidavit.
Galette walked back and forth, putting the gun to the heads of the four people and said, “Where's the oxy, where's the oxy?" the affidavit says.
Smithgall pulled out a firearm and pointed it at Galette when he was turned away from him. Galette turned back, and Smithgall fired a single shot, according to the affidavit.
Galette lunged at Smithgall and fought with him over the weapon. Smithgall fired three more shots as they continued to fight for over 30 seconds in a “violent struggle,” according to the affidavit.
Galette took Smithgall's weapon and fled the store. Police were called at 2:40 p.m. and found Galette on the sidewalk in front of 319 N. Pine St., nearly a block from the pharmacy. He was detained and taken to Lancaster General Hospital.
Smithgall sustained severe bruising and swelling to both front forearms, the left side of his chest and the ride sight of his back, as well as cuts to his right hand. The customer suffered bruising and swelling to her face, arms and legs, according to the affidavit.
In all, Galette is charged with one count each of robbery, conspiracy to robbery, theft by unlawful taking, aggravated assault and receiving stolen property. He's also charged with two counts of illegal possession of a firearm and firearms not to be carried without a license as well as seven counts of simple assault. He has not been arraigned.
Police continue to look for the second male, who ran from the scene.