‘Your son has been shot’, Victim’s Family Tells of Shooting

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WILLIAMSPORT -- Police say they are talking with witnesses and gathering information as to what exactly happened early Saturday morning in front of Imbibe, a nightclub on Pine Street.

City Hall calls it an isolated shooting and stresses that people should be safe downtown, but the parents of one shooting victim won't rest until someone is in custody.

Barb and Rob Snyder say their son Anthony, 27, was out celebrating a friend's birthday and waiting for his ride home when he heard gunshots. The next thing he knew, he and four others were on the ground bleeding.

On Monday, the Snyders spoke to Newswatch 16 hoping someone who knows who shot their son will come forward.

What was supposed to be a fun night out at one of Williamsport's newest bars turned tragic early Saturday morning. Five people were shot outside Imbibe Lounge and Night Venue, including Anthony Snyder.

"He heard gunshots and the next thing he knew he was on the ground and his friend stated that he said, 'I think I got shot,'" Barb Snyder said.

Anthony's parents spoke with Newswatch 16 about their son. Barb says Anthony went to Imbibe with a friend for her birthday. Barb says Anthony doesn't remember hearing any fighting inside the bar. Around 3 a.m. she got the phone call no parent wants to get.

"'Your son has been shot. He's being airlifted to Geisinger in critical condition,'" Barb recalled.

The Snyders have been at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville ever since. They say Anthony needed two surgeries so far.

"They took out part of his large intestine, part of his small intestine, and his bowel, part of his bowel. They did take his appendix, also," Barb said.

The Snyders are asking anyone with any information to contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

"Speak up. If you don't speak up they're going to do it again," Rob said.

"If you were in the same situation, you would want someone to come forward. Please just help the police," Barb said.

Williamsport Police say they are talking to witnesses and gathering information and hope to make arrests soon, but police say this was an isolated incident.

Since Anthony Snyder does not have health insurance, a fund has been set up for him at the branches of Santander Bank. If you would like to donate, it is the "Anthony M. Snyder Fund."

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