A woman and a teenage boy were treated Saturday afternoon for minor shrapnel injuries they suffered when a man fired a gun on a small crowded porch in the 700 block Memorial Avenue, according to city police Capt. Timothy Miller.
The gunman, who remained at large Saturday night, walked onto the porch and "displayed a black revolver" about 1:45 p.m., Miller said.
On the porch were adults, teenagers and children, he said.
A woman on the porch "pleaded with the gunman not to shoot in front of the children," Miller said.
The gunman apparently had followed another adult male to the porch, investigators were told. Police did not comment on why the gunman was pursuing the man, "who was an acquaintance of a third individual who was visiting the home at 744 Memorial Ave. at the time," Miller said.
Hearing the woman's pleas, the gunman "paused" for a moment before he aimed the weapon at the feet of the man he had followed on to the property, Miller said.
It is believed the man fired at least two shots, one bullet striking the concrete floor.
The man the gunman was aiming at "was struck in the foot, but the bullet did not penetrate the shoe," Miller said. The woman who had pleaded with the gunman was "struck in the arm" with bullet fragments, and a teenage boy on the porch suffered shrapnel injuries to an arm and ear," Miller said.
The woman and the teen reached the Williamsport Regional Medical Center on their own, Miller said, adding that the two were later discharged.
He declined to say if the two lived at the house.
The gunfire sent a 46-year-old woman and her 24-year-old niece running for their lives.
"We didn't even see who was shooting. We just heard the shots and ran," the older woman said.
The two had stopped their car in the 700 block of Memorial Avenue. The older woman, who was driving, pulled to the side of the street so she could send a text message to a friend.
When they heard the shots, both women bailed out of the vehicle and ran around the block.
"We ducked and ran," the older woman said,
"This clearly was not a random act," Miller said of the shooting, the third in the city in six days.
No descriptive details of the suspect were released.
When a reporter returned to the crime scene Saturday evening, a knock to the front door went unanswered.
]"We are continuing our investigation into this shooting. We are sifting through conflicting reports on what occurred," Miller said.
Police are still pursuing leads into Monday's late afternoon shooting outside a building at the Timberland Apartment complex in the 500 block of Lycoming Street. A man shot in leg was treated at the hospital and later released.
The next night, 27-year-old Darnell Robert Mitchell allegedly fired several shots at a car driven by his ex-girlfriend as she fled her home in the 1400 block of Park Avenue, police said. The woman was not injured.
Mitchell, of 845 Park Ave., remained jailed in the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of high bail on attempted homicide and related charges.