Girlfriend: Teen pulled gun and fired on night Lancaster city girl, 14, was wounded

Ryan Rivera

A key witness in the January shooting of a Lancaster city girl clammed up Wednesday in a local court.

However, the witness’ prior statement to police — in which she claimed her boyfriend fired shots Jan. 28 on High Street — was accepted as evidence.

In turn, District Judge John Winters ordered 16-year-old Ryan Rivera stand trial on felony counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and illegal possession of a gun.

Rivera’s girlfriend, 16, previously told police that Rivera told her he fired shots that day when his rival, Curtis Anderson, pulled a gun.

“He told me the only reason he pulled out his weapon was because Curt did first,” the girlfriend told police in the statement.

However, the girlfriend — testifying Wednesday a few feet from Rivera, who was shackled and handcuffed — couldn’t recall giving that statement.

She acknowledged signing the 10-page statement, but couldn’t recall any of the answers. She said she was “under the influence” at the time.

Rivera and Anderson are both charged with firing shots that night.

It remains unclear who fired the shot that struck the 14-year-old girl in the stomach. She survived after emergency surgery.

Brett Hambright is a Lancaster Newspapers staff writer who covers crime and the Lancaster County court system. He can be reached at or (717) 481-6026. You can also follow @BrettHambright on Twitter.