Alleged subway shooter waives hearing

Darryl Lanier, the 16-year-old charged in September’s shooting that wounded two teens on a Broad Street Subway car today waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Philadelphia Municipal Court Judge William Austin Meehan Jr.

The decision means Lanier will go to trial in Common Pleas Court as an adult on two counts of attempted murder and related charges in the Sept. 19 shootings at the subway’s Susquehanna-Dauphin station in North Philadelphia.

Police said Lanier was one of several teens on the crowded southbound subway train when fights erupted about 2 p.m. Police said subway video cameras showed the train stopped at the station while three boys got off the car. The three walked to the next car and one boy pulled a gun and began firing at the subway car.

A 17-year-old student from Fels High School was wounded in an arm and a 14-year-old from the Hartranft School was hit in the leg.

Police said Lanier was suspended from Upper Darby High School for marijuana possession the day before the shooting. Upper Darby officials said later that Lanier was attending the school illegally after transferring from Simon Gratz High School in Nicetown, purportedly to live with a sister in the Delaware County community.

Lanier will remain in prison pending trial in lieu of $500,000 bail.

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