NOXEN, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — State police are investigating an unusual crime in a quiet, rural neighborhood.
Two people were shot this morning with a bow and arrow. The man who police say did it was no stranger to the victims or authorities.
State police retrieved the weapon used in a horrific attack Friday morning in Noxen. They say a man used a bow and arrow to shoot another man and a woman on the 100 block of Island Road.
“I’m definitely shaken up and it was scary,” neighbor Jessica Eddy said.
Eddy lives just down the road from the crime scene. She was alone at the time when without warning the suspect who she said is deaf and doesn’t speak barged into her home.
“All of sudden he comes through the door, he is frantic, he wasn’t saying anything and I gave him a piece of paper,” Eddy said.
She says he wrote down his name and a disturbing message.
“He was writing down everything and he was saying that somebody is trying to abduct him,” Eddy said.
She fled her own house to call 911 and soon he followed.
“He left the house, started going up the road up to his house. Heard screaming, couldn’t make out what they were saying. Walked down the road and then he stopped at the corner and he – that’s where he got detained,” Eddy said.
A neighbor who did not want to appear on camera tells Eyewitness News trouble was brewing as early as Thursday. The neighbor was called to the home several times and that the suspect had taken a family vehicle even though the suspect has no license and doesn’t drive.
As investigators piece together exactly what led to the double bow and arrow shooting, the woman who had the face-to-face encounter with the suspect is trying to process the scariest day of her life.
“I definitely wasn’t anticipating something like this happening,” Eddy said.
The two victims both suffered injuries to the upper torso. Both were taken to Wilkes-Barre area trauma centers where they are said to be in stable condition.
So far, state police have not released any names.