Afternoon Shooting at East Stroudsburg Apartments Now A Homicide; 29-Year-Old Man Arrested

EAST STROUDSBURG -- Police in Monroe County confirmed late Thursday night that the shooting that took place earlier in East Stroudsburg is now a homicide.

Police just announced they've arrested Lashawn Sanders, 29, of East Stroudsburg for the death of the 25-year-old man.

Officers swarmed an apartment complex on Barnum Street in East Stroudsburg just after 3 p.m. on Thursday.

The Stroud Area Regional Police Department confirm a 25-year-old man died at the hospital after being shot in the chest.

Nicole Burnett has lived in the apartments across the street for five years and says nothing like this has happened since she moved in.

“It's surprising like I said it's usually quiet over here so when I came home today I was a little surprised to see all the cop cars and everything but they didn't too much,” said Burnett.

What's even more unsettling Burnett says is that a shooting happened in the middle of the day, in a neighborhood that's just a block away from the Stroud Area Regional Police Department.

“It's surprising, right down the block so you would think nothing would happen,” said Burnett.

But Amy Krushinski lives at the end of the block and says this area has gotten dangerous.

“There's been incidents on this street, there's been incidents over on the next avenue, so I'm not surprised, doesn't surprise me,” said Krushinski. “It's not the safest when I walk [my dog] I carry pepper spray at night so.”

Now, police say Sanders is being charged with the shooting victim's death. He will face charges of criminal homicide and possession of a firearm with an altered serial number.

Police made the arrest after state police executed a search warrant at the scene and discovered a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun with obliterated serial numbers.

“Things happen anywhere, it doesn't really matter where you live, you just have to be careful and aware of your surroundings,” said Burnett. “Touch base with your loved ones constantly to make sure everything's okay. like my son was out of school so he was home when this happened.”