MONROE TOWNSHIP -- Police are now investigating a shooting in Bradford County which they believe was over drugs. The shooting has people who live in the Monroeton area concerned, because it happened in the middle of the day.
There isn't much going on at this house on Weston Road near Monroeton now, but yesterday afternoon, a man was shot on this porch in the middle of the day.
Police belive this man, 21-year-old Lucas Worthington, pulled the trigger. He faces attempted criminal homicide and other charges.
According to court papers, Worthington shot 36-year-old Shawn Shiflett four to five times because Shiflett and two other men were throwing rocks at his house. The men told police Worthington sold them fake Percocet pills and owed them $55.
"It's kind-of crazy but it's not surprising. There's a lot of drugs around here," Danny Spencer said.
The people we spoke with aren't surprised the shooting was supposedly over drugs. They say that's a growing problem here in Bradford County.
"There is definitely a drug problem in this area," George Dunn said.
"The drug problem has definitely hit the rural communities and it's hitting it hard," DA Daniel Barrett.
District Attorney Daniel Barrett says 40 percent of the people who are charged with driving under the influence in Bradford County have drugs in their systems.
"The crime load that we're getting from drug-related activity--burglaries, drug-related thefts, keeps rising and it's just a shame to have to deal with it," Barrett said.
Since the shooting happened on Worthington's front porch in the middle of the day, neighbor George Dunn says it's nerve wracking.
"It's very scary, especially when my kids basically play on my front porch and walk down to the bus stop," Dunn said.
The shooting victim, Shawn Shiflett, is listed in critical condition at the hospital. The Bradford County District Attorney say there may be additional charges filed in this case, but it is still under investigation.