9 shootings so far in 2013
So far this year, Lycoming County has had nine shootings that resulted in bodily harm. Three of those shootings were homicides, and a man died in a fourth case in which no charges were filed.
Seven of the shootings were in the city. One was in Montoursville, and another was in Woodward Township.
Beyond those shootings, reports of shots fired have been frequent, but it is virtually impossible to determine how many of those reports actually involve gunfire, according to city Police Chief Gregory A. Foresman.
At times, a shots-fired report may involve gunfire, but often times they are the result of fireworks or vehicle backfires, he said.
Foresman said gun crime has become normal for his officers.
“I don’t think this has been an unusually high year for shootings,” he said, adding that he takes gun crime seriously. “Any time we have incidents involving a gun, it concerns me.”
The crime rate has Mayor Gabriel J. Campana considering a tax hike to pay for more police officers.
Campana this week said he will poll people about the matter at his town hall meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at the playground of Cochran Elementary School on Cherry Street.
He also said he believes the crime may be linked to absentee landlords.
An audit of 50 rental properties recently was done by city police, according to the mayor, and eight firearms were seized from three of them.
Following is the list of shooting cases for 2013 to date:
Jan. 9, homicide. A 21-year-old city man is shot execution style in the 300 block of Susquehanna Street during a reported drug deal. Two men are charged.
March 13, shooting. A 39-year-old man is seriously injured when he is shot in an alley just south of Sixth Avenue and High Street.
May 5, shooting. A man, in mid-30s, injures himself in gunfire.
May 13, shooting. A 23-year-old man shoots himself in his left leg.
May 28, shooting. Two gunmen shoot an admitted heroin addict inside the man’s first-floor apartment at 324 Jordan Ave., Montoursville. One man is charged in connection with the case.
June 13, homicide. A 22-year-old city man is fatally wounded in an apartment at 1261 W. Fourth St. A 19-year-old man has been charged.
June 28, death. A dispute reportedly over sacred Indian stones results in a 32-year-old man being shot inside a Woodward Township home at 59 Wither Hollow Lane. The shooter confesses but is not charged.
July 4, shooting. A 16-year-old boy is wounded after being shot near Elmira Street and Center Place just as the fireworks end. A 19-year-old man later charged with this shooting accidentally shoots himself in the leg as he flees. He is arrested on July 11 and remains behind bars. A second suspect remains at large.
July 20, homicide. A 21-year-old man is shot to death on the first-floor of a home on Scott Street. The alleged shooter rides away on a bike. Two men are charged.
Staff reporter Savannah Dempsey contributed to this article.