UPDATE: Three teens have been taken into custody in relation to this incident. Two are from Hazleton, Juan Albino, 18, and Frallen Perez, 15. There was an additional 16-year-old male listed as a suspect. His name has not been released at this time.
HAZLE TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Gunshots rang out in the parking lot of a Luzerne County Walmart during the busiest holiday shopping season of the year.
State police blocked off a section of the Walmart parking lot in Hazle Township Friday afternoon.
Troopers say they were called to the scene along airport road around 1:40 p.m. for a report of a shooting.
“When we arrived on scene, there was no victim, no actor, no suspect, they had fled prior to our arrival. We canvassed, we were able to find a couple casings on the ground, confirmed that a shooting did happen,” explained Trooper Anthony Petroski, PSP Hazleton.
“It’s happening everywhere. That’s why we’re hearing like everything. I think that we’re getting like used to hearing stuff like that. It’s really sad,” Lopez told Eyewitness News.
Other locals like Paul Zynel heard about what happened through social media.
“Well you know it surprises me, and t doesn’t surprise me because something was bound to happen. There’s road rage around here all the time. I know because I come here, not real frequently, but I get over here once a week maybe once every two weeks and I see road rage all the time,” Zynel said.
According to state police, Albino, Perez, and the unidentified male were in a car in the Walmart parking lot.
Investigators say Perez and the unidentified male were both armed with guns. The pair exited the car and approached two male victims who were known to them.
Troopers said the two then proceeded to fire multiple rounds at the victims. No one was struck by the gunfire.
Albino has been transported to the Luzerne County Prison and denied bail.
Perez is currently lodged in a juvenile facility in Center County.
State police say the investigation into the shooting is, “ongoing and very active.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has information about it is asked to call PSP Troop N at (570)459-3890.