A man believed to be in his 30s was shot to death in the 700 block of High Street about 8 p.m. Wednesday, city police and Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said.
This latest episode of city violence spilled out nearly 20 hours after a man was critically injured in a shooting inside a home in 1200 block of West Fourth Street.
Capt. Raymond O. Kontz III, who was at the High Street shooting, said it appeared that the latest victim was shot in the street between Spruce and Green streets. It was the third shooting in the city in four days.
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A man was shot about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday inside this home in the 1200 block West Fourth Street. The victim underwent emergency surgery at a trauma center and was expected to recover, city police said.
Paramedics and firefighters were seen performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on the victim as he was loaded into an ambulance. A medical helicopter, ready to fly him to a trauma center, was placed on standby, but then called off, according to emergency responders.
Kontz said officers rushed to the neighborhood after the county's Department of Public Safety received several 911 calls of shots being fired with a victim down.
"He's an adult black male," Kontz said of the victim, who was taken to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where efforts to revive him were unsuccessful, Kiessling confirmed about 9:45 p.m. The victim's identity was not expected to be released until later today.
Officers immediately cordoned off much of High Street west of Walnut Street. Firefighters brought lighting to the area so police could look for ballistics evidence. Officers also were questioning neighbors to learn what they heard and saw.
City police Agents Leonard Dincher, Stephen Sorage and Eric Delker were among those called out to assist in gathering evidence related to the fatal shooting. No one was in custody.
The scene was several blocks east and about four blocks north of where a man was shot hours earlier.
About 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, a man in his mid-20s was shot at close range "in the upper body" inside 1214 W. Fourth St., Kontz said.
This gunfire occurred about 10 blocks west of where a teenager was shot on Sunday.
Paramedics initially responded to the Fourth Street house after a woman called 911 and reported she needed an ambulance because a man was hemorrhaging. Police also responded.
"She was very vague about her information," Kontz said of the caller.
When officers arrived, they discovered a gunshot victim, Kontz said, declining to identify in what room the victim was found.
The injured man initially was taken to the regional medical center by ambulance and then moved to a trauma center, where he underwent emergency surgery. Officers were able to briefly interview him before surgery.
"He got through the surgery. He is in serious, but stable condition," Kontz said of the victim, whose identity was not released.
It was unclear if the victim lived in the home where the shooting occurred.
"He is affiliated, connected in some way, with the girl who lives there," Kontz said.
When asked if investigators knew what sparked the shooting, Kontz said "It's way too early to speculate about motive."
Police obtained a warrant allowing them to search the entire premises, but Kontz would not say what officers seized in the search. He declined to say how many shots were fired nor would he comment when asked if anything was stolen from the home during the shooting.
Police had no descriptive information to release about the suspect, who remained at large.
Kontz would not comment when asked Wednesday afternoon if investigators believed the shooting was related to the one on Sunday when an 18-year-old city man was shot in the face in the 800 block of Memorial Avenue about 2:30 p.m. No arrest has been made in this shooting either.
Both victims are expected to recover, Kontz said.
Police do not know if any of the three shootings are related.