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Police: Wilkes-Barre drive-by shootings connected


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Four drive-by shootings in as many days, two occurring in broad daylight. Police in the Wilkes-Barre area are advising the public to be aware of their surroundings.

So far no one has been injured but investigators fear that could change unless they track down the people involved.

Wilkes-Barre Police say they are working several leads in connection to these drive-by shootings and they believe without a doubt they are all connected.

“It’s a scary thought because I walk out here and my friends bring their kids here. So it’s not safe for us to walk outdoors,” said Morgan Thomas, who lives in Wilkes-Barre.

Thomas lives on Hutson Street in Wilkes-Barre. She showed Eyewitness News a shell casing she found in front of her home. On Monday night someone fired shots into a home across the street. You can see the bullet holes in a second-floor window.

“Around like 10:00 I heard something that sounded like fireworks, firecrackers, and looked outside and didn’t see anybody. I noticed people running out of the house saying that bullets were shooting through their windows,” explained Thomas.

A security camera video showed a white car driving on Goeringer Avenue in Hanover Township early Saturday morning. Nobody was injured, then Sunday night at around 7 p.m., shots were fired from a white car on West Division Street in Hanover Township.

Tuesday afternoon, gunshots rang out near the Sherman Hills Apartments in Wilkes-Barre. Dozens of shots were fired. Several cars were sealed off by crime tape including one white car. Detectives say it appears to be the same car involved in the drive-by shooting Sunday on West Division Street in Hanover Township.

“We believe basically they are all related. It’s a dispute between groups of people and this is how these groups of people are settling their disputes,” stated Chief Joe Coffay of the Wilkes-Barre Police Department.

Chief Coffay says while nobody has been injured, the big fear is that could happen unless these individuals are arrested.

“So they are basically firing shots in a public area and it’s something for everyone to be concerned about. The best advice I can give is for people to be observant and to report anything they can to help us identify these individuals who are doing it,” explained Chief Coffay.

Bob Kadluboski runs a towing service in Wilkes-Barre. He says several weeks ago he heard gunshots near his business on McLean Street.

“Take a neighborhood where someone has lived 40, 50 years, gunshots ring out, next thing you know, bullets are flying and it’s getting worse,” said Kadluboski.

Investigators say even the smallest piece of information can help lead to an arrest in the case. If you have any information about these shootings you are urged to call Wilkes-Barre Police.

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