Victim in Deadly Lycoming County Shooting Identified

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP -- The victim of an apparent deadly shooting in Lycoming County has been identified.

William Dowling, 25, of Philadelphia, was the man found dead along Poco Farm Road in Loyalsock Township after 7 p.m. Sunday, according to state police. He was shot several times and died of an apparent gunshot wound.

Troopers say someone passing by noticed a body along the road near Williamsport and called 911. First responders arrived and saw several bullet wounds.

State police were called in and said, right away, that this is a homicide. Markers on the road note the evidence, possibly bullet casings, collected at the scene.

State police are back at the scene Monday, continuing to reconstruct the scene and interviewing neighbors.

Poco Farm Road was closed for several hours Sunday night but is back open.

This is the second homicide in Lycoming County in less than one week. A man was shot to death inside a home in Williamsport Tuesday night.

Dave Springman lives a few yards from where Dowling's body was found. He did not get much information from police.

"I understand, but at the same time we have to be concerned when you see that kind of activity, that's out of the normal."

Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 this is a remote area where they wouldn't expect anything like this.

"No, by no means," Springman said.

"I think maybe that's why it was dumped there, the body. I don't know because it isn't a heavy traveled road," said Bill Holmes.

"In the Williamsport area, there's a lot of things going on. But here, no," Nancy Holmes said.

Neighbors tell Newswatch 16 they don't know how they'd handle finding a body on the side of the road.

"I may have just went right on by and called somebody when I got home," Bill Holmes said.

"I don't know how I would have reacted. I usually have my cell phone with me so I probably would have used that," Nancy Holmes added.

An autopsy on William Dowling will take place this week. If you have any information you are asked to call state police in Montoursville.

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