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Gunfire or Fireworks?

WILLIAMSPORT — A shooting in Williamsport over the weekend has neighbors there paying extra attention to what they see and hear. Newswatch 16 went to the neighborhood where the shooting happened.

A family in Williamsport woke up to gunshots this weekend, and now with the Fourth of July coming up, they worry when they hear loud noises even if it is just from fireworks.

There are a variety of fireworks for sale at a tent set up on East Third Street in Williamsport. Some of the fireworks shoot off bright colors and others make loud noise.

It is noise that Ceauna Dunlap says can sound a lot like gun shots.

“Every time I hear a firework, I duck for cover, because I don’t know what it could be. You don’t ever know it could be a firework it could be a gunshot you don’t ever know,” said Dunlap.

Dunlap lives on Second Street in Williamsport. Early Saturday morning there was gunfire near her house. Someone was shot and driven to the hospital.

“Everybody is running. You hear gunshots. I duck for cover. Look outside, the cops are out there,” said Dunlap

Police say incidents such as the shooting over the weekend put residents on edge.

“People are leery of the sounds that they are hearing. So they call in what they feel is a gunshots fired call and typically what it turns out to be more times than not is fireworks,” said Williamsport Police Chief Greg Foresman

So, police say some of the neighbors calling in are nervous, but what about their kids? Some of the people we spoke with on Second Street say their kids are now afraid of fireworks.

“Yesterday, they were doing fireworks and she thought that they were shooting again and it just broke my heart because she was crying,” said Lucy Lewis from Williamsport.

“It’s the Fourth of July. You should be happy to see the fireworks and now it’s just like I don’t know if I even want to go down there,” said Dunlap.

Williamsport Police Chief Greg Foresman says his officers respond to more emergency calls when the weather warms up and people spend more time outside. He says if people hear something that even sounds like gunfire, they should call police.

“If that’s what you think they are. We’ll come check it out. That’s what we do. That’s what we will continue to do,” said Chief Foresman.

Police are still investigating the shooting that happened on Second Street in Williamsport over the weekend.

Williamsport police urge people in the community to call if they think they hear shots fired in the city.

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