WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — One person is in the hospital following a shooting in Williamsport. It’s the fifth shooting in the city since the start of October.
State Police investigators were back on the scene Tuesday afternoon, as they searched for leads in the shooting of a 14-year-old boy on the 900 block of Penn Street.
While this still remains very much an active investigation, neighbors Eyewitness News spoke with said they heard gunshots just after 6 p.m. Monday night, then saw a group of what appeared to be teenagers flee the scene.
“And I heard what I thought was a gunshot, a pause, and then four rapid gunshots. Like bang, bang, bang, bang, bang,” said John Murray, a neighbor.
Murray lives just down the street from where the shooting took place, and took this cell phone video from his porch of the victim being transported to an ambulance.
Murray says the community’s recent uptick in gun violence is concerning.
“Well, it’s disturbing. The area has gotten more violent. We had a shooting not too far away from here about two weeks ago,” Murray said.
In total, Monday’s shooting marks the fifth episode of gun violence in the city since early October.
Another neighbor, who preferred not to be interviewed, told Eyewitness News immediately after the gunshots, she saw a group of teenagers run away from the scene south on Penn Street. However, Pennsylvania State Police remains tight-lipped.
Their statement Tuesday reads in part, “unknown suspects approached the porch and engaged in a verbal argument with the known juveniles. The unknown suspects then fired several rounds at the known juveniles on the porch.”
The 28-year resident of the city believes something must be done to curb the recent violence.
“We’ve got a good police force here in town, we’ve got a good new mayor. I hope he can get a task force together to try and get the community to come together and figure out why these young kids feel the need to create havoc like that,” said Murray.
Pennsylvania State Police are spearheading the investigation.
Williamsport Police Chief Damon Hagan told Eyewitness News he expected an increased State Police presence in the city to help combat the recent uptick in gun violence over the last six or so weeks.