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Shooting Victim’s Family Wants Justice

WILLIAMSPORT — Investigators in Williamsport have been looking for the person who shot and seriously injured a taxi driver one week ago. On Thursday investigators said found the person they were searching for.

Police say they found Dante Washington in his home on Franklin Street in Williamsport, and have been holding him for several days on other charges. Police filed charges against him on Thursday. They believe Washington robbed and then shot a cab driver last week for no reason.

Dante Washington was cuffed as he walked into his arraignment. Police say a week ago, Washington was out on parole for drug possession when he robbed and shot his cab driver, Eugene Phillips near Elmira Street in Williamsport. Now, they’re charging Eugene’s suspected shooter for attempted homicide.

Police say Phillips picked up Washington in his cab on Campbell Street at a home police raided last week. Phillips drove him to Hawthorne Avenue and down an alley. That’s where police say Washington took out a gun and demanded money. Phillips handed over the money but according to police Washington still shot him anyway.

“We want everyone to keep praying for Gene, that’s all we care about, Gene my brother.” said Dawn Phillips, the victim’s sister.

Eugene’s family was at the court house when Washington was taken away in cuffs.

“I just want him to pay for what he did. Gene’s a great man.” said Kelly Scampone, the victim’s stepdaughter.

Phillips was shot once but drove himself to a nearby hospital, where he spoke with police. He even helped identify Washington as the shooter. Police say Phillips has serious injuries and has undergone several surgeries, but his family says he’s getting better.

“He can talk. It’s scratchy but he can talk. So, he’s making improvements.” said Scampone.

Again, police have filed several charges against Washington including attempted criminal homicide and robbery. His bail was set at 750 thousand dollars. He is currently in prison.

7 comments

  • Is there REALLY FREEDOM of SPEECH ??? If so read this

    Look at what that Black kid did to the White Cab Driver n Scranton ! So sick of these violent, barbaric, thug colored people doing this to regular people ! Go back to Filthydelphia is write and take your needles and crack with you !

    And Yes WHITE TRASH go with them ! Color has nothing to do with it, but blacks are the Minority, and now 2 cab drivers shot this month, 1 dead in Scranton and 1 injured in Williamsport, both gunmen black, both with no legal weapons, both NO GOODS ! –
    I have black friends, I love dearly, but until they reign in the % of their race that make blacks look bad, then there is nothing any of us can do, I admit, if I am walking out at night and see black guys I am scared and want to get somewhere safe, even if they are good how do I know ??? 16 year old killer in Scranton, who told the white victims family ” FU*K THEM ” and this guy who shoots a cabbie and lets him drive to ER almost 1/2 dead

    Sorry my colored friends, but these thugs make all you look bad, when I know your all not, I love some of colored friends with all my heart, but someone PLEASE reign in these low life scum !

    • Luoie White

      Firstly what does being black have to do with it. Secondly that boy who did the shooting was raised in Williamsport from a very young age which would make that city his home so why would he go back to Philly. And last but not least you should really grow some balls and stop hiding behind a computer screen keyboard warrior.

  • BT45

    How aout u call it right Fratboy “Philadelphia or Philly”.. … half u guys b*tch about philly but never been there just hear whatever the media feed u! So I ask what is the differentce between New York or Any other City!!! oh I forgot there is nothing! So shut Up already!

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