Coolbaugh Township shelter in place recommendation lifted


COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — The Pocono Mountain Regional Police has lifted its ‘shelter in place’ recommendation. According to a release from police, the recommendation was lifted around 3 a.m. on Tuesday.

The recommendation was put into place after a series of shootings that occurred Monday night. The release states that the investigation is still ongoing, but they believe the public is not in any imminent danger after Pocono Mountain Regional Police have now arrested several people in connection to the shootings.

Police believe they have all the suspects involved in the shootings. 5 people have been charged while four victims remain in stable condition tonight.

On Monday night, police were dispatched to multiple locations in Coolbaugh Township for reported shootings. On Tuesday morning, police announced they charged four Tobyhanna residents with attempted homicide. An unidentified 16 year old boy, 22-year-old Laron Watson, 21-year-old Solidin Hamilton and 19-year-old Aja Nay Watson.

Those four, along with 20-year-old Courtney Neumann, were in a Volvo at the entrance to Pocono Country Place — a gated community.

“They see a black Mercedes also exit Pocono Country Place and they believe that to be another male who they have had past problems with,” said police chief Chris Wagner.

Police say the Volvo cut off the Mercedes and began firing at it. The vehicles fled to Tobyhanna Shopping Center where police say a gun fight took place.

“It is at that time that Courtney Neumann is struck by return fire from the victims in the Mercedes,” said Wagner.

She was shot in the head.

Police say the gunmen then drove to Ledgewood Drive where a mother and son were then shot in their home.

“The victims never saw it coming. They had no idea. I mean, they were shot through the windows. It was illuminated inside of the house, it was dark outside of the house… So those victims had no idea what had happened to them,” said Wagner.

One was shot in the back, the other in the arm. The suspects drove to another residence where a 4th person was shot in the leg.

“We have recovered multiple firearms and ammunition. So againn we believe not only do we have the suspects in custody but we believe that we have the weapons, firearms in custody as well.”

“At this point we don’t have anything linking gang involvement but certainly we are going to vet that,” Wagner told reporters.

The one victim, Courtney Neumann, who was shot in the head, is not being charged at this time. At this time it is unknown if the guns used were acquired legally.

The suspects were arraigned today and remain in the Monroe County regional jail tonight.

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