WILLIAMSPORT — Police in Williamsport are investigating two shootings that happened about a block away from each other on the 4th of July. Cops believe the shootings are related, and say both victims are teenagers.
Brian McFadden was sitting on his porch watching fireworks when he heard a different kind of popping sound.
“A bunch of kids came running through the alley right here. One said that was gunfire. I was like, oh crap. I ran over to see if I could do anything,” McFadden said.
“11:00 we pulled into this alley and I almost ran into several kids. It makes sense now because they were running like they didn’t even see me,” Joshua Hall said.
Williamsport Police say one teenager was shot in the back and the other was shot in the leg. Both teens were taken to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville for surgery.
But many of the people Newswatch 16 spoke with say they did not even realize a shooting was taking place because of all the fireworks for the 4th of July.
“No! We had so many fireworks going on. They were over here, they were over there so we didn’t know. But we saw a gang of boys over here before we went into the house and that was like 10:45,” Juanita Edmonds said.
Investigators believe some of the teenagers involved in the shooting were walking home after watching Williamsport’s fireworks display. Cops do not believe the public is in danger. The shooting happened near Joshua Hall’s house.
“Where my heart goes out to is younger people, mainly teenagers who are in the wrong crowd, caught up with the wrong kind of people. That’s really who is in danger,” Hall said.
Williamsport Police expect to make an arrest in connection with the two shootings.