After cab driver wounded, city police investigate

A Billtown cab driver was seriously wounded when he was shot in his cab on Elmira Street, just south of Glenwood Avenue just before 6 a.m. Thursday, city police said.

The victim managed to drive himself to the emergency room at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, about four blocks west of the shooting scene, Assistant Police Chief Timothy Miller said.

“We have two people here that are being detained and questioned,” Miller said outside his office at police headquarters about 11:30 a.m.

No one has been charged, he added.

Police believe the cab driver may have been shot by a man he picked up minutes earlier in the area of Campbell and High streets, Miller said.

“At this time, we have not yet determined if the gunman was inside or outside the cab when the shooting occurred,” Miller said.

Investigators suspect the call for the cab may have come from a double home at 679-681 Campbell St., a large three-story property located on the southwest corner of Campbell and High streets.

After obtaining a search warrant, members of the police department’s Special Response Team stormed the structure about 9:30 a.m.

“For your safety, show yourself now,” a team member was heard yelling before entering the 679 side. It took at least an hour until the team completed its search.

No one was found inside, Miller said.

The two people who were being questioned at police headquarters late this morning came from that house, but they were removed from the property before the search was conducted.

Once the cab driver arrived at the hospital, medical staff did all they could to try to stabilize his condition so that he could be taken by ambulance to a trauma center. Inclement weather prevented a medical helicopter from flying.

“I heard what I thought was a single pop,” Joel Henderson, who lives on Elmira Street in a house next to the Trinity Gospel Church, where he is pastor, said. He was in his bedroom at the time.

He looked out a window and saw a cab on Elmira Street, facing south.

“I saw someone hunched down by the driver’s window, probably talking to the driver. The taxi then just sped off,” Henderson said.

He also saw a man running east down an alley behind his home, where he has lived for eight years.

Miller said, “We’re going to do everything in our power to bring to justice the person responsible.”

Miller said late Thursday afternoon the victim came out of surgery successfully. “We’re keeping him and our family in our prayers,” he added.