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Lower Salford Man Arrested in Drive-By Shooting
Written by Bradley Schlegel Staff Writer

                A Lower Salford man faces multiple felony charges after shooting a gun at a home on Cheswyck Drive July 3, Lower Salford Township Police report.

                Geoffrey Hesselton, 32, of Astor Drive in the township, has been charged with two felony counts each of discharging a firearm into an occupied structure and criminal mischief. Hesselton is also charged with carrying a firearm without a license, a third-degree felony; six misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment; and two counts of harassment.

                Municipal authorities responded to a residence on Cheswyck Drive at 9:54 p.m. on July 3 to investigate the report of a drive-by shooting, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed in the Harleysville Court of District Judge Albert Augustine.

                A resident told police that he witnessed the driver of a silver Honda or Hyundai – a white male – slow down near his neighbor's home and discharge four shots at a parked vehicle.

                Members of the Lower Salford Township Police Department identified two bullet holes in the parked vehicle. The officers also located a bullet hole on the exterior of the garage at the same residence, as well as in a sliding door at a home on Franklin Circle. 

                Another proximate resident interviewed on July 5 told police that he observed a four-door Honda Civic come down Cheswyck Drive, turn around on Woodbridge Circle and head back out Cheswyck Drive towards Harleysville Pike on the date the shooting occurred. According to the witness, it wasn't long before he went into his house that he heard three loud bangs that sounded different than fireworks, records state.

                On July 6, law enforcement officials facilitated a traffic stop of Hesselton after watching him leave his home. A search of the subject's car turned two spent Blazer 9mm Lugar casings, a foam ear plug and the upper side of a Glock 9mm semi-automatic hand gun, according to the affidavit.

                During a search of Hesselton's home that same day, authorities found the lower body of a fully loaded, Glock 9mm semi-automatic hand gun along with a 50-count box of 9mm bullets with three missing, among other items, the document states.

                During arraignment on July 8, Augustine set Hesselton's bail at 10 percent of $50,000, which the defendant paid, according to court records.

                A preliminary hearing in the case, before the same judge, has been scheduled for 10 a.m. at July 14.





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