Haverford gunman behind bars for shooting teen in face over marijuana, police say

James McCauley, 17, of the 100 block of Friendship Road in Haverford Township. (PHOTO: Courtesy of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office)
James McCauley, 17, of the 100 block of Friendship Road in Haverford Township. (PHOTO: Courtesy of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office)

• James McCauley, 17 is charged with attempted murder after shooting a teenager in the head over a marijuana deal in Haverford Township, Delaware County.
• The shooting happened in the area of Rose Tree Lane and Glen Gary Drive Tuesday night.
• The suspect tricked the victim into believing he would sell him an ounce of marijuana for $150 before leaving him for dead on a street corner.

James McCauley, 17, of the 100 block of Friendship Road in Haverford Township. (PHOTO: Courtesy of the Delaware County District Attorney's Office)
James McCauley, 17, of the 100 block of Friendship Road in Haverford Township. (PHOTO: Courtesy of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office)

Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Chief John Viola of the Haverford Township Police Department announced that James McCauley, 17, is charged with attempted homicide for shooting a male victim in the head after a fight ensued in a vehicle during a drug sale, in the area of Rose Tree Lane and Glen Gary Drive in Haverford Township on the evening of Tuesday, February 12, 2019. 

James McCauley, 17, of the 100 block of Friendship Road in Haverford Township,who is currently in police custody, is charged with criminal attempt to commit homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, firearms without a license, possession of an instrument of crime, and receiving stolen property. 

Police tell yc.news that cops were dispatched to the area of Rose Tree Lane and Glen Gary Drive just after 8:15 p.m. Tuesday for a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.

When police arrived, they observed a teenager lying on his back in the center of the roadway on Rose Tree Lane just off Glen Gary Drive. The victim appeared to have a gunshot wound to the right side of his face and there was a large pool of blood around his head. The victim was immediately transported to the hospital for treatment where he remains in critical condition.

An investigation was immediately launched by Haverford Township Police Detective Albert Mathew Hufnal and Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division led by Detective Vincent Ficchi.  

Through the course of the investigation and witness statements, it was determined that the shooting victim and another male arranged to purchase one ounce of marijuana for $150 cash from three unknown male actors.

The three males, including defendant James McCauleywho was driving the car, arrived at the pre-arranged meet location. The shooting victim entered the rear seat of the vehicle to purchase the one ounce of marijuana. However, during the exchange, one of the males in the rear of the vehicle became aggressive with the victim and a physical fight ensued between the individuals. 

McCauleythen pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and shot the victim in the face. The shooting victim was transported to the hospital and remains in critical condition. 

As a result of witness statements, James McCauleywas confirmed as the individual who shot the victim in the face on the evening of February 12, 2019.  As a result of witness statements, ballistics evidence, and confirmed identification, the defendant was taken into custody was charged as an adult with attempted homicide and related offenses. 

“As the result of the swift response and outstanding investigative efforts of Haverford Police Department and our Criminal Investigation Division, along with assistance from our community who provided statementsand video surveillance, we were able to quickly make an arrest in this case and retrieve the weapon used by the defendant. Over a senseless argument regarding an ounce of marijuana, James McCauley shot the victim at close range in the face, in a residential neighborhood, causing near catastrophic injury to the victim who remains in critical condition,” District Attorney Katayoun Copeland told yc.news. “The defendant is facing felony charges and has been charged as an adult for his violent conduct. While this is an isolated incidence of violence, we do not tolerate any acts of violence or drug trafficking in our neighborhoods here in Delaware County. In partnership with our outstanding police departments, like Haverford, we will continue to utilize video surveillance and the assistance of our residents to apprehend criminals who bring violence into our communities. I commend Haverford Police Detective Albert Matthew Hufnal and CID Detective Vincent Ficchi, along with all of the investigators who assisted with this case.”