City apartment building target of gunfire

City police are looking for the gunman who fired several shots early Tuesday morning at one of the apartment buildings in the Timberland Estates complex in the 500 block of Lycoming Street, according to Lt. Brett Williams..

“One of the shots went through a second-floor window of an occupied unit, but no one was injured,” Williams, the department’s acting patrol division commander, said.

“This is very scary because my kids sleep in a front room on the second floor,” a mother, who lives across the street, said.

Officers rushed to the neighborhood about 12:30 a.m. after receiving a report of shots being fired at Building 9.

Investigators have no motive for the shooting, said Williams, who was one of more than a half-dozen officers to respond to the scene.

“I heard four or five shots,” said a woman who lives in the building and called 911. She said she believed one of the bullets struck a light pole in front of the building.

There were no descriptive details released concerning the gunman. Williams said it was unknown if the shots came from someone walking or driving by the apartment complex.

It appeared that just one gun was fired, Williams said. Officers were at the scene for more than three hours collecting evidence. At least one officer went up on the roof to see if someone might have tossed any crucial evidence onto it.

“It’s really getting bad here,” another resident of the building said, referring to the crime in the area.

“I heard the shots, but I thought at first it was just fireworks,” the woman said.

A reporter went to the scene Tuesday night and knocked on the front door of the apartment where a bullet entered an upstairs window, but there was no answer.

One man was taken from the same block and charged with allegedly having 25 packets of marijuana on him about 12:30 a.m., according to court records.

“He was not involved in the shooting,” Williams said of Basil Tyjae Arties, 18, of 602 Second St., who was arraigned before District Judge Jerry C. Lepley on charges of possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia. He was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $25,000 bail.