Updates to Christmas Day shooting in Chambersburg allegedly show man fleeing after firing errant shots

27 December 2023- Police in Chambersburg say that a borough man lied to them following a shooting incident on Clinton Street on Christmas Day. Sameh Samir Gabra was charged with felony firearm carried without a license, misdemeanor reckless endangerment, and summary disorderly conduct. Gabra has yet to post bail of $25,000 after his arraignment the day after Christmas.

CPD officers were originally dispatched just after 2:10pm on Christmas Day to a home in the 2000 block of Clinton Avenue for a report of shots fired. The callers spoke with police and reportedly provided them with Ring Doorbell camera footage of the incident.

Officers say that the video showed a man open the trunk of a dark colored sedan in the rear of a nearby home. That man then reportedly walked to the front passenger side of the vehicle and fired a gun multiple times. A search of the area on the video allegedly yielded four 9mm shell casings.

The woman at the house nearest to the shooting was contacted, with her allegedly denying any knowledge of gunshots being fired. It was, however, found that Sameh Gabra also lived at that home and he was subsequently contacted by CPD.

During questioning by CPD, Gabra reportedly told them that he discharged the gun only once, but then changed his story to two to three shots. While Gabra allegedly told police that he shot the gun in a safe direction, the area around the home is heavily residential and startled residents to the point of police being called.

Also during questioning, police say Gabra told them he quickly turned the gun over to his mother inside of the home. CPD say that this is disproved by the aforementioned Ring Doorbell footage. That video reportedly shows around four seconds after firing the gun, Gabra left the area in that same car he pulled the gun from.

Sameh Gabra is behind bars on $25,000 bail. His preliminary hearing is set for January 2nd.

Sources: Docket Number: MJ-39304-CR-0000330-2023, Incident No.: C202314615