Double shooting investigation in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Wilkes-Barre police have a troubling question they’re trying to answer. Who opened fire on a car-full of people? The shooting happened early Tuesday night on South Main Street near South Main Plaza. Two women were struck inside the vehicle.

While investigators work to solve the crime, many people are troubled by such brutal violence along the busy street as Eyewitness News Reporter Mark Hiller explains.

It’s a shooting scene that strikes a raw nerve. Two women from Scranton were shot Tuesday evening inside a Toyota sedan on the 400 block of South Main Street in Wilkes-Barre. The police chief told Eyewitness News the shooting is not considered random. In a city of several high profile shootings in recent years, this one stands out. John Morris of Wilkes-Barre said, “I’m 90-years-old. I’ve lived here all my life and I never saw anything like that in my life. Right at 6 o’clock in the evening. Right in the middle of the street. It’s unbelievable.”

Three people inside the car were not struck but the two victims, ages 19 and 20, were both shot in the back. Mr. Morris added, “Their whole life is in front of them. And they gotta put up with… that’s ridiculous. The windows… right through the windows of the car. How did he shoot them. Right through the windows?”

The double shooting on Wednesday was the talk at Abe’s Hot Dogs which is in the same block where the gunfire happened. Cathy Macey of Plains Township said, “I feel like we’re in a big city anymore. You’re not safe anywhere.”

Police spent this day after the shooting conducting interviews including at businesses inside South Main Plaza where surveillance cameras were rolling when gunfire erupted. Plaza co-owner Paulino Nunez showed Eyewitness News the surveillance video on his cell phone and pointed out the activity. “I’m not sure if that’s when they shot at them or maybe they were slow in coming down,” he said.

Mr. Nunez later shared the surveillance video with police. “We have over 20 cameras on the property,” he said. Mr. Nunez added that  the plaza surveillance cameras have helped with other police investigations. He hopes this time it gives officers exactly what they’re looking for and help stop such gun-related crimes. Mr. Nunez said, “Unfortunately, it’s a thing that happened and we have to try to fight that.”

Police had still not publicly identified the two gunshot victims through Wednesday afternoon. Both women remained in the hospital under treatment.


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