South Middleton shooting

State Police at Carlisle is investigating a shooting that took place in South Middleton Township early Friday morning.

A Carlisle man who is accused of breaking into a South Middleton Township residence early Friday morning and shooting his ex-wife had hired a babysitter to watch the couple's children while he committed the deed, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police at Carlisle.

Joel Paugh, 29, of Carlisle, has been charged with attempted murder as a result of the incident, which was detailed in the affidavit.

A man told dispatchers at 12:36 a.m. that someone had broken into his residence on Netherby Lane and shot his girlfriend, the affidavit said. When police arrived, the man told them that he and his girlfriend were in bed and heard a noise by their locked bedroom door. The man opened it.

A man entered the bedroom and shot the woman in the wrist with a handgun, according to police. The male resident then tackled the gunman, leading to a struggle. The woman retrieved some knives and both victims stabbed and disarmed the gunman.

During the encounter, the gunman fired “multiple” shots from the handgun, according to the affidavit.

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After the struggle, the woman asked Paugh where their children were and Paugh said they were at home with a babysitter, according to police. A woman confirmed that she had agreed that afternoon to babysit for $200.

“(Paugh) asked (the babysitter) if he could borrow her car, which she declined,” the affidavit states. “He (said) it may take him longer because he may need to use a bike.”

The babysitter told police she arrived at 11:45 p.m. and Paugh left shortly after that.

The affidavit did not say how many children were left with the babysitter.

The gunman and both victims were taken to Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

In addition to two counts of attempted homicide, Paugh has been charged with aggravated assault, burglary and recklessly endangering another person. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 15 in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan K. Day. 

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.