Shooting Victim in Critical Condition
SHAMOKIN TOWNSHIP – Saturday morning around 5:30 a.m. first responders were called to Irish Valley Road for what appeared to be a car crash.
Investigators said that after the victim, Salicia Yost, of Milton was taken to the hospital, it was discovered she had a gunshot wound.
State police are trying to determine who shot the young woman, and what brought her to the rolling country road before dawn on Saturday.
Naomi Haupt lives on the same road, and was taking her cabbage to the market around that same time Saturday morning, when she saw something unusual.
“I noticed two little red flares along the road, which I thought was very unusual for that hour of the morning,” said Haupt.
Haupt added that when she returned home, the car was gone, and police officers had blocked off part of the area, appearing to be reconstructing the scene of the accident.
As local and state police worked together to break the case, evidence lead them to Mount Carmel where two men were arrested on drug and weapons charges. Witnesses said one of the men was apprehended on South Poplar Street. Police said while investigation of the shooting did lead to the arrests, the men are not considered suspects in the shooting.
Sherri Rodriguez lives close to where the victim was found and stopped by the area to find out what happened after hearing a series of rumors.
“This has always been a very quiet area. I have lived here my whole life, we have never had anything like this. It’s a little shocking actually,” said Rodriguez.
Sunday evening, a spokesperson for Geisinger Medical Center near Danville said Yost was in critical condition.