Police: Sharon HS student shot and killed by his teen friend


SHARON, Pa. (WYTV) – Bond was set at $1 million for the 16-year-old boy, accused of shooting and killing his 15-year-old friend in Sharon.

Christopher Dickson, Jr. is charged as an adult with first-degree homicide. He’s accused of killing Anthony “Tony” Keppel in his Sharon home Tuesday evening.

Investigators said the two got into an argument before the deadly shooting.

Police said the shooting happened at 5:35 p.m. inside a house in the 700 block of Meek Street. Keppel, who was found with a gunshot wound, was taken to Sharon Regional Health Systems, where he died a short time later.

Officers arrested Dickson about a mile away, in the 200 block of Liberty Street, less than three hours after the shooting.

“We had reports of sightings of this individual in various places in town,” said Sharon Police Chief Gerald Smith.

A neighbor said she heard the gunshots and ran outside to find Keppel laying on the ground, fighting for his life. She said someone used her phone to call 911.

According to a criminal complaint, Dickson was identified as the shooter by the victim’s 13-year-old brother and an adult witness.

When Dickson was arrested, he admitted to the shooting and led officers to the murder weapon on Ormond Avenue, according to the complaint.

Keppel’s autopsy is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Both Keppel and Dickson are Sharon High School students. Grief counselors will be available at the school, which had its first day on Monday.

Chief Smith brought in extra police to Dickson’s court hearing on Wednesday after concerns over social media conversations. Dickson is due again in court at 10:30 a.m. September 13.

Police have corrected the spelling of the victim’s last name. WYTV regrets the error.