No Charges in Shooting of Two Children: Area Parents Shaken

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WILKES-BARRE -- Wilkes-Barre Police say no one has been charged in connection with the shooting of two young girls Saturday in the Sherman Hills residential complex.

Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis says based on the evidence she has seen, she does not believe the shooting was a random crime. She adds that there was a search warrant issued for the crime scene.

As of Sunday evening , the two girls, ages two and five, were reported to be in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

Meanwhile in and around the area of the shootings, parents of young children were shaken.

Even on a trip to the corner store, Vanessa Davila held her five year old daughter a little closer. She says,"I am going to be more cautious definately,especially here coming to the store or whatever." She adds,"She won't be outside that's for sure."

At Coal Street Park, which is near Sherman Hills, parents say as they watch their own small children play, it is hard to take in what happened on Saturday.

Paige Jackson says she gets so scared about crime, she often sends her five-year-old Logan to stay with his grandmother in Hazleton.

"I think it's terrible that not even three-year-olds are safe here now, that's terrible," she said.

But while some people may feel hopeless about Wilkes-Barre's future, Isiah Walker says Saturday's shooting has motivated him to fight back by helping as many kids as he can through his youth basketball program.

Walker says,"I went to church this morning and they said that someone needs to make a difference. I am going to be one of the people who helps make a difference, it's going to take a lot of people in the area to just put their foot down."