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Despite issues with cooperation from witnesses and victims throughout the investigation, Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said authorities never backed off in their pursuit of a man who walked into a Carlisle club and fatally shot Daniel Harris on June 11.

“It doesn’t matter what people say,” Freed said. “It doesn’t matter what kind of threats they make. We are going to do our job. We are going to get to the bottom of these cases.”

Freed Thursday announced that police charged Robert Lee "Rocky" Anderson, 38, of Carlisle, with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Harris in June at the Haines Stackfield American Legion on West Penn Street in Carlisle.

Freed said Anderson was indicted through a grand jury, which was used because of potential threats to witnesses in the case. There will be no preliminary hearing for Anderson, who is currently being held in York County Prison with no bail. A formal arraignment is scheduled for December.

Freed said violent crime in Carlisle has dropped since Harris was shot and killed because many of the players involved in the related crimes have been arrested.

"The best way to prevent violence is to lock up the violent people," Freed said.

Related incidents

Freed said Harris' murder stemmed from a series of incidents dating back to April 2015 involving Harris, Anderson and another man — Keiron Murray, who police said fathered a child with a woman Harris was in a relationship.

“You can’t tell the story of the murder of DJ Harris on June 11 without going into the background of what’s been going on in Carlisle, really for number of years,” Freed said.

On April 17, 2015, someone slashed Harris on the face and body with a razor, according to the grand jury indictment. Harris refused to identify the assailant, but police said Murray was the likely suspect.

Someone then shot Murray in Carlisle two days later while he walked with Anderson, who is Murray’s cousin, police said.

That suspect was not identified, but Anderson made comments that he would retaliate. A few hours later a woman was shot inside the home of the mother of Harris’ child, according to the grand jury findings.

Freed said the bullets were likely intended for the mother of Harris’ child.

Anderson was then a victim in a January shooting in Carlisle with Hata Hrnjic, 27, an incident where Harris was present. Anderson and Hrnjic were taken to Hershey Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries at the time as a result of that shooting.

Harris then provided testimony in a grand jury investigation into the January incident in April, less than two months before his death.

Arrests

Harris, 30, was shot and killed on June 11 inside the American Legion in what police have referred to an assassination. Freed said Thursday Harris was shot six times in the chest.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., Harris was sitting at a table inside the American Legion when he was shot, and police said Anderson fled after the shooting.

Police said there were nearly 20 people inside the building at the time of the shooting, and also said Anderson was seen on surveillance footage going into and out of the American Legion around the time of shooting.

"The investigation is a shining example of cooperation between the CPD and other law enforcement agencies," Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott wrote in a news release. "Agencies from across Cumberland County, The Pennsylvania State Police and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s office all played active roles throughout this investigation.

"I want to express my appreciation for all the officers and staff that brought this investigation to an arrest."

Harris’ father, Daniel Harris Sr., said his family is resolved but does not have complete closure from the arrest.

“I would like to first apologize to the city of Carlisle for Daniel’s negative activity in the community and to be certain that DJ’s lifestyle was not a true reflection of his kind heart, his love for family and friends and more over how he was raised,” Harris Sr. said. “DJ was a good son, father, brother and friend to those who knew him.”

Both Harris Sr. and Harris’ mother, Charlene Gomez, thanked the police for their diligent work in finding the man accused of killing their son.

“Great job, Carlisle Police,” Gomez said. “I’m so happy my family and Carlisle are safe. God caught every one of my tears and dispatched angels of justice and victory for my baby. It doesn’t bring him back but it feels hallelujah good.”

Gomez said she felt relived and felt her family was now safe.

“I am so happy that it’s over, that they got him,” she said. “I feel like I can breathe.”

Posted earlier on Cumberlink:

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed Thursday announced that Robert Lee "Rocky" Anderson has been charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of Daniel Harris in June at the Haines Stackfield American Legion on West Penn Street in Carlisle.

Freed said Thursday Anderson was indicted through a grand jury, which was used because of potential threats to witnesses in the case. There will be no preliminary hearing for Anderson, who is being held in York County Prison with no bail. A formal arraignment is scheduled for December.

Freed also said there was a common theme of uncooperative victims and witnesses throughout this investigation. The killing stemmed from a series of incidents dating back to April 2015. Police identified Anderson going in and out of the Legion via surveillance cameras.

"The best way to prevent violence is to lock up the violent people," Freed said. He went on to say that violent crime in Carlisle has dropped since Harris was shot and killed because many of the players have been arrested.

Anderson, 38, of Carlisle, had been a victim in a January shooting in Carlisle with Hata Hrnjic, 27. Both men were taken to Hershey Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries at the time as a result of that shooting.

Harris, 30, was shot and killed on June 11 inside the American Legion in what police have referred to as an assassination. Freed said Thursday Harris was shot six times in the chest.

At approximately 12:45 a.m., Harris was sitting at a table inside the American Legion, and police said Anderson fled after the shooting.

Police said there were nearly 20 people inside the building at the time of the shooting.

"The investigation is a shining example of cooperation between the CPD and other law enforcement agencies," Carlisle Mayor Tim Scott wrote in a news release. "Agencies from across Cumberland County, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office all played active roles throughout this investigation. I want to express my appreciation for all the officers and staff that brought this investigation to an arrest."

"The brazen nature of the homicide was detrimental and troubling to the Carlisle community and affected the lives of many of our residents and the family of Mr. Harris whom I personally met with in the days following the shooting. Due to the diligence of the CPD and other law enforcement agencies in conjunction with a concerned and actively engaged community, this stage of the investigation has come to a successful conclusion."

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