Shots Fired at Interfaith Heights in Wilkes-Barre

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WILKES-BARRE -- It's starting to seem again like it's just about every day we hear of shots fired in Wilkes-Barre. It happened again this morning. Now the issue has some wondering if the trouble-makers are moving from one housing complex to another.

The sound of gunshots was heard several times this week at Interfaith Heights Apartments in Wilkes-Barre. Newswatch 16 spoke with this man who lives in the complex, but did not want to be identified. He says he, his mother, and his 11-year-old sister live in fear.

"First it was like a quick pop, pop, and then it was like another automatic weapon, you know a pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, like 20 right in a row."

Shots were fired at several apartments here along Coal Street Tuesday morning and blew out the window of a home. Then three days later, shots fired again. Wilkes-Barre police came, and as soon as they left, more shots.

"It can be a little scary, living so close to the house."

Interfaith Heights is just a few blocks from Sherman Hills, footsteps away. That's why one neighbor believes there's now gun violence here in Interfaith Heights.

"They're actually allowing the people from Sherman Hills to move over into our place, and it's not good. That's where all our crime's been coming, and I want to see that change."

Neighbors who live on the other side of Coal Street say that wouldn't surprise them.

"They've got to live somewhere so I guess they figure it's still same area."

The Interfaith Heights neighbor we spoke with says his property manager doesn't do background checks on apartment applicants. Our calls to Interfaith Heights management were not returned.

Police haven't said if they believe all these incidents are connected, but neighbors suspect they are.

"We are looking to leave. It's the safest thing for us. We can't really stay in a neighborhood that has all this gun violence going on."

Wilkes-Barre police have some leads about two men believed to have fired the shots shot at interfaith heights this morning. But there are no suspects from the shots fired Tuesday. No one has been hurt in any of these incidents.

4 comments

  • Billy Brandenburg

    I love the Wilkes-Barre Cosmos (players and parents). We play at Coal street park and it seems that it will be only a matter of time before the violence takes over the whole area. For the kids sake let’s get ride of the violence.

  • Franko

    Just another day in WB – This stuff isn’t news anymore, it should be in the “Upcoming Events” section of the paper because you just have to guess a day, put it in the paper, and say that a drug bust, stabbing, shooting or home invasion is going to happen on that day and just sit back and wait for that day to approach and I bet one of those event would be happening on that day !

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