HAZLETON CITY, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — There’s been another shooting near a Hazleton playground. This comes just three months after a shooting injured four people near the same playground.
City police say they converged on the Altmiller Playground Sunday night.
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“I’m calling for that enough is enough,” said publisher of the Spanish language newspaper El Mensejero Amilcar Arroyo.
Amilcar Arroyo said he is very active in the community and outspoken about recent shootings involving young people.
Investigators say they responded to a call for shots fired at Altmiller Playground in the city’s north side at around 9:00 p.m.
When officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound to his leg. He was flown to a trauma unit in the Lehigh Valley Hospital.
This comes just three months after four young people were shot on Mother’s Day weekend, two of the victims were critically injured.
Hazleton Police say in both shootings those involved or those who have information are not cooperating with Detectives.
“We have to do something. Not only the police this is entire community who have to step up and say enough is enough,” Arroyo explained.
City Councilman Jack Mundie agrees.
“Well they’re probably you one a lot of people, they are afraid to come forward. But I know they have the person they talked with him he’s not saying anything. He should say who shot him so they could punish him and take gun off the street too,” said Mundie.
Hazleton resident Guillermo Lara believes only a community-wide effort could stop the violence.
“We try to do something in Hazleton but I think we need more help. People need to be more involved,” said Lara.
The name and condition of the 17-year-old male has not been released.
Police Chief Brian Schoonmaker said they are facing uncooperative witnesses in this shooting as they saw in the May shooting. As for motive. It’s still being investigated at this time.