Midnight shooting leads to morning standoff in Northumberland County


MOUNT CARMEL, NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A shooting and then a standoff ends up impacting two parts of Northumberland County.

Police spent more than 8-hours at one location trying to coax the accused gunman to surrender.

Police say it all started in Shamokin at midnight when Akeem Gregory shot Joel Santiago multiple times during a drug dispute.

That incident sparked what became a tense morning in a Mount Carmel neighborhood.

Residents of maple street woke up to chaos on their street.

Gregory was taken into police custody a little before noon on Saturday. Officers say he fled from the scene of a shooting on East Sunbury Street in Shamokin. Mount caramel police officers tracked Gregory’s car to 213 south maple street.

Officials say they arrived on the scene at 2:30 in the morning and remained for eight and a half hours.

Gregory barricaded himself in the house where his girlfriend, Nicole Share, and her three sons live.

Chief Christopher Buhay, from Mount Caramel Police Department, says Share’s family and a friend were in the house with Gregory when officers arrived.

“Upon contact with the Mount Carmel police, Nicole share and another male that was in the house did come out, leaving the three children and Mr. Gregory inside the residence.”

The children came out shortly after their mother exited the house, but Gregory remained and refused to come out. Swat teams from Columbia County and Lycoming County were called to the scene. Chief Christopher Buhay tells Eyewitness News they tried various tactics to remove Gregory from the home.

“They tried to negotiate with him which was unsuccessful. They ended up deploying tear gas, pepper spray gas, or tear gas bombs into the residence.”

The tear gas eventually drove Gregory from the house. Share, says she’s fuming over what happened.

“I’m left with holes in my windows and three children. And I have no money to go and just put new windows on my bedroom floors. My kids’ bedroom, my bedroom. For someone they don’t even know did anything.” . . . “it’s bull***. All of it’s bull***. And when he’s proven innocent then good.”

Gregory is charged in Shamokin with attempted homicide, aggravated assault to another with a deadly weapon, and burglary among other charges.

The charges from the Mount Carmel police department are not yet known.

The shooting victim, 22-year-old Joel Santiago, was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, where he is in critical condition.

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