Shots fired in city, no injuries

A Williamsport Bureau of Police cruiser sits on Fifth Avenue just north of West Fourth Street while officers and other units search for the suspects in alleys around the scene. PHILIP A. HOLMES Sun-Gazette

Numerous police officers rushed to the 1000 block of West Fourth Street to investigate a report of shots fired about 8:30 Thursday night, but there were no reports of injuries.

“It sounded like handgun rounds to me,” said a Pennsylvania College of Technology student who heard the gunfire outside the apartment building where he lives with four other students.

“The shots were fired one right after another, as fast as they could pull the trigger,” said the student, who declined to give his name.

The student said he saw two people running north toward Memorial Avenue.

Responding officers immediately set up a perimeter around the scene after they saw two people running from the area. A police dog from South Williamsport was brought in to help officers track the suspects.

One person reportedly was nabbed in the area of Fifth Avenue, north of West Fourth Street, and taken to police headquarters for questioning.

A misunderstanding on the radio prompted dispatchers to send an ambulance, but it quickly was recalled when police reported there was no sign of a gunshot victim.

Another student in the building said he was doing math homework when he heard the shots.

“I heard five consecutive shots. I was right by the window so I heard them pretty clearly. It sounded to me like it was in the alley. It could have been out in the street and echoed in the alley,” the student, who did not give his name, said as he stood on his front porch.

Across the street, officers were doing a room-to-room search of another apartment building after someone reported they saw a man running inside. No suspect was found.

City police were assisted by state troopers and Penn College police as well as county probation officers.