Police respond to shots fired at rental home party in Monroe County

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LONG POND, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A house party gone wrong in the Poconos is now the scene of an attempted homicide as police continue to investigate a shooting.

Officers responded to the scene of a home tucked away on Lite Police Trail in Long Pond for reports of shots fired just before 7 am on Friday. They say a week-long vacation rental turned into a drug investigation and attempted homicide.

No one was injured in the shooting but the shooter is still on the run. Officials say there is no threat to the community as they believe suspect fled the state.

“When the officers got there they smelled an overwhelming odor of marijuana,” Chief Chris Wagner of the Pocono Mountain Regional Police told Eyewitness News. “There had been a big party there.”

Chief Wagner says more than 15 people from New Jersey were renting the home through VRBO for the week.

In the early morning hours on Friday, investigators say a woman was taking money to her vehicle when she was robbed by two men at the party. One of the men shot at least two rounds towards the home’s front door.

“Blew out that bay window and then did enter into the premises which again, could have been fatal. It was at head level, another one struck just before the door handle,” Wagner said.

The shooter is being described as a black male. Officers believe he fled the state in a 2020 Jeep Wrangler.

“We’re working on making an identification. We don’t believe that individual remained on scene,” Wagner said.

In total, 15 people between the ages of 17 and 34 were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Seven of them were also charged with false identification to law enforcement.

“Majority of the party goers were not cooperative with law enforcement, were giving false identification and were just generally being deceptive with the investigation,” Wagner said.

Pocono Mountain Regional Police have been on the scene all day Friday awaiting search warrants to the home and several vehicles on the property. Pennsylvania State Police and the Monroe County Sherriff’s Department also assisted in the arrests.

EDITORS NOTE: The home is now listed on VRBO’s website. It is no longer listed on Airbnb. The responding police departments initially told Eyewitness News the house was an Airbnb rental.

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