Police investigating fatal shooting in Hanover Township

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HANOVER TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – UPDATE: The Luzerne County Coroner’s Office has released the name of the man who was fatally shot Sunday afternoon in Hanover Township.

According to the coroner’s office, Fernando Vasquez-Vittini, 25, of Scranton, was transported to Geisinger Hospital, where he died from multiple gunshot wounds.


According to Pennsylvania State Police Wyoming, one man is dead after the double shooting in Hanover Township.

Another male was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


A community shaken Sunday night as two people are injured by gunfire in Hanover Township and the shooter is still on the loose.

A quiet Sunday in what used to be a quiet neighborhood in Hanover Township; rocked by gun shots and the ensuing chaos. Shots rang out in the Lee section part of town in the early afternoon.

Blood on the pavement after officials say two men were shot along Boland Avenue. Police quickly responded to the scene trying to put together the pieces of what happened.

The series of events making its way here to Lee Park Avenue where at 309, one of the gunshot victims reaching out for help. Neighbors sick and tired of what this community has becoming.

“Three days ago, shooting at the gas pump? That could have been anybody. Anybody’s loved one because somebody’s angry with one another and they’re resulting in violence,” Jessica Shortz said.

Three shot in four days in this community. Residents like Shortz, who have lived here for more than a decade? Frustrated with that violence in broad daylight.

“It’s not ‘hey, let’s wait until night and then come out and do it so nobody sees.’ They’re bold. They don’t care,” Shortz said.

The investigation moved up the hill to South Main Street and both victims were taken to the hospital. Police say both victims were responsive, but their conditions are unknown. Other neighbors like Andrew Tressa seeing the trend of frustration and fear.

“Families with kids and elderly people that don’t want to have to deal with this. Younger groups like my age, 27, might not care too much as long as it doesn’t come up on their doorstep,” Tressa said.

“It’s not the same. It’s heartbreaking to know that a place you grew up [in] and I can say I had a great childhood [in]. I can’t say that for my kids,” Shortz said.

“I’ll tell you this. I don’t want to be living in this area much longer. I’ll tell you that,” Tressa said.

Hanover Township Police, Luzerne County detectives and state police are all in on the investigation. We’ll be sure to bring you the latest information as it becomes available.


A community is in panic after shots ring out in Luzerne County.

Early Sunday afternoon, many residents were seeing lights and crime scene tape. No one certain what happened, but all fearing the worst: a shooter still on loose.

Hanover Township and Wilkes Barre Police rushed to three scenes along West Saint Mary Street. Authorities confirming two gunshot victims and a blood trail starting at Boland Street, up the hill to South Main with a stop at 309 Lee Park Avenue. The incident started around 1:30 p.m.

State police as well as municipal first responders helping canvas the scene as the investigation continues. Authorities still trying to connect the dots between the series of events.

They do say there is no threat to the public as the search for the gunman continues.

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