ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — An Asheville teen, who was at one time reported missing and considered armed and dangerous, faces multiple charges in connection with the June 25 shooting of a woman who was left at an intersection near Biltmore Village.
Patrick Michael Koerschner, 17, made his first appearance in Buncombe County court on Friday. He is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, first-degree kidnapping, and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
According to arrest warrants, Koerschner is accused of kidnapping 18-year-old Brittanie Andrews, assaulting her with a gun, and stealing a 2008 Toyota Camry Solara, an iPhone, and $20 in cash.
View Brittanie's account of the shooting here.
Brittanie told News 13 she knows Koerschner only through friends. She said she and Patrick drove to North Asheville together and were walking on a trail when he shot her.
On June 25, Asheville police responded to Short McDowell Street for a report of a woman with gunshot wounds.
Asheville Police spokesperson Christina Hallingse said the victim was taken to Mission Hospital in critical condition. On July 5, Hallingse said the victim was out of the hospital.
After the incident, Koerschner was reported missing. Police described him as armed and dangerous but did not connect him to the Short McDowell Street shooting, as he is a juvenile.
During Friday's court appearance, Koerschner answered questions from the judge, saying he understood why he was in court.
Warrants show Koerschner will turn 18 on July 22, 2018. He is charged as an adult in this case.
If convicted, Koerschner faces up to 55 years in prison.
Sean Devereux, the defense attorney representing Patrick Koerschner, told News 13 on July 4 that he had talked with Koerschner on the phone the day before.
"We met briefly. I suggested he turn himself in, and talk with (Asheville) police,” Devereux said.
“I agreed with his parents to take him and have him committed for a mental evaluation,” Devereux added.