State police search Hilltop Apartments in Edwardsville

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EDWARDSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) The investigation into a Luzerne County homicide is intensifying Tuesday night.

State police searched a home and a vehicle in the Edwardsville neighborhood where 29-year-old John Robert Evans was shot to death. Another man was wounded.

Evans was shot to death as he sat inside an SUV in a parking lot at the Hill Top Apartments. Tuesday, troopers returned with a search warrant, looking for evidence they hope will help lead to an arrest.

State troopers searched inside building 511 of the Hill Top Apartments. Eyewitness News saw them searching through bags on the front porch.

They were also removing items from the apartment and placing them inside a mobile crime lab. They also searched a car parked in front of the apartment. Neighbors were stunned when they awoke to see the police activity outside their homes.

“It’s sad the loss of life you know,” said Marty, a Hill Top Apartments resident.

The homicide took place in the early morning hours of June 6th. Investigators say Evans was sitting in a running SUV along with 26-year-old Eli Quadree Smith. A man approached the vehicle and spoke briefly with Evans. Troopers say the man pulled out a gun and fired 12 shots into the driver’s side of the vehicle. Evans died at the scene. Smith suffered non-life threatening injuries.

State troopers say there was a large party in an adjoining parking lot with about 50 people. Investigators believe that someone at that party may have information that could lead to an arrest of the gunman.

Investigators say the search warrant will be released later Tuesday. Those court documents should shed some light on why troopers were at the apartment and the connection to the murder of John Evans.

A $2,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in this case.

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