Man indicted for March shooting death of friend in West Chester

A man has been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for the shooting death of his friend in March at Lakota Lake Apartments.

Mahmoud Alchahal, 22, is charged with reckless homicide with a gun specification for the death of Jesse K. Buabeng, 25, of Eagleveiw Drive, on March 27, according to court records. Alchahal also shot himself in the foot during the incident, according to West Chester police and a call placed to 911.

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A hysterical 911 caller told dispatchers, “Oh my God, I just shot my foot and I accidentally shot my friend, oh my God I need somebody, I need 911 right now please.”

A few days after the fatal shooting, Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser said he expected the alleged shooter to be charged a misdemeanor rather than a felony. But after further investigation by West Chester police, the case was presented directly to a grand jury and Alchahal was indicted on the third-degree felony.

“The allegations are of this case is was more than an accident and less than intentional,” Gmoser said, noting the incident involved reckless conduct with a firearm.

Gmoser said “it is not one of those situations where the gun got accidentally pointed in somebody’s direction and he tripped and the gun accidentally fired.”

Alchahal’s case is assigned to Butler County Common Pleas Judge Noah Powers II, but an arraignment date has not been set. As of late in the week, Alchahal had not been taken into custody.

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