Neighbors Feel Unsafe at Night After Shooting

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WILLIAMSPORT -- There was a deadly shooting outside a hookah lounge in Williamsport over the weekend.

Police are still searching for the suspect.

Newswatch 16 spoke with other businesses in the neighborhood that say it's become more dangerous to be out in the city late at night.

Balloons and teddy bears serve as a quiet reminder of the weekend's deadly shooting on West 3rd Street in Williamsport.

Police believe Rashwan Williams shot and killed Aaron Lowry from North Carolina after the two got into an argument over a woman.

The shooting happened outside the Lamp House Hookah Lounge.

"The violence is getting pretty hard around here. I mean, we never had this kind of business, shootings and carrying ons in this town," said Deloris Snyder of Williamsport.

Snyder works at Mom's Deli and Diner right next door to where the shooting happened. She said some parts of Williamsport have become more dangerous and some of her customers agree.

"I just don't go out at night," said Richard Dibble.

People who work on the street where the shooting happened said a new business, like the Hookah Lounge is a good thing, but because the business is open so late a shooting or a fight is more likely to happen.

“It's nights when everything breaks loose and everybody goes wild," said Snyder.

"That could be anywhere at 2 o’clock in the morning. People are drunk at that time. It could have even been that," said Thomas Stortenbecker.

Stortenbecker from Hughesville has never been to the Lamp House, but he says he's visited a hookah bar out of the area.

"It's flavored tobacco. You get strawberry, kiwi. They even let you mix the flavors if you want," said Stortenbecker.

He said people get the wrong impression.

"I think people hear you're smoking and they think you're doing something illegal in there. They would get shut down if they were, so obviously that's not going on in there," Stortenbecker added.

The police are still searching for the shooting suspect, Rashwan Williams. They believe he has left the area. If you know where he is, call Williamsport Police.


  • Williamsport Citizen

    Nobody is safe in this town anymore ! I am getting toward 50 years old. When I grew up, there were maybe 2 shootings in my my first 30 years of life – NOW that the Philly Influx has RUINED our town, shootings are common, frequent – Addicts shoot each other on Basketball courts, shoot up with needles and drugs, leave there used needles on our park grounds. This town has gone to hell ! These people are violent, then they are entitled to everything and anything, this was a nice City in the 70’s and 80’s and now it is DANGEROUS to walk anywhere ! I feel bad for our Mayor, he is up against it with this town !

    Can’t they send all this garbage back to Philly where it came from ??? Gun toting Felons, shooting anything or anyone they want ! I have walked around my neighborhood in the daytime and found live rounds of .357 bullets laying on sidewalks, .38 bullets. Williamsport, A proud Past and an Unbearable Criminal Element Future !

    • Rebecca

      No, you are mistaken. According to Philly.B who commented on the first report, it’s the white person’s fault for buying the cheap heroin sold by the drug dealers from Philly. They’re only here to make a profit because the stupid white people will pay so much for their fixes. Plus, you know all the child molesters, meth heads, and baby shakers are white, so that makes it OK.

      Seriously, check out his or her comments. Truly disgusting. And so telling of the culture we live in and are subjected to every day.

      Personally, I’m sick and tired of all of it – meth heads, people on heroin, drug dealers, white, black, or green, I don’t care – I’m sick of my tax dollars paying for their incarceration, and to pick up the pieces when they pull their shenanigans. I’m expected to get up every day, go to work, pay taxes, and fly right, while these people just do whatever they please, break whatever laws they please, and expect the rest of us to foot the bill. Enough already.

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