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Schuylkill County Man Hit By Bullet Fragment at Hamburg Area Bar

Incident happened early Sunday morning at Pappy T’s

Editor’s Note/Correction: This article has been updated to reflect the correct gender of the Schuylkill County resident injured by the gunfire. The press release was read incorrectly. Our apologies for the mistake.

An Orwigsburg man was struck by a bullet fragment during an incident in Berks County over the weekend.

According to information from State Police-Hamburg, this happened at Pappy T’s Pub and Lounge in Tilden Twp. after 1 a.m. Sunday (Nov. 12).

Police say they were summoned to Pappy T’s for the report of a shooting.

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An investigation revealed that one patron at the bar, Thomas J. Fronina, 37, of Leesport, removed a .38 pistol from his pocket to show someone else.

One round discharged from the gun and hit the floor. The bullet hit the lower leg of a 43-year-old Leesport woman and a bullet fragment hit the Orwigsburg man, 45, in the ankle.

The Orwigsburg man suffered a reported minor injury during this incident. Meanwhile, the Leesport woman was taken to Reading Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries, police say.

Fronina is facing several felony charges, including two counts of aggravated assault and another for discharging a firearm in an occupied building.

He was arraigned Sunday afternoon before District Magistrate Tonya Butler and released on $20,000 unsecured bail. Fronina is due back for a Preliminary Hearing on Nov. 20 before District Magistrate Kim Bagenstose.

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