A 29-year-old city man was shot in the stomach late Monday night during an apparent home invasion in a first floor apartment in the 700 block of Campbell St., city police Capt. Tim Miller said.
Investigators believe that the victim, Maurice Blagman Jr., who was recovering at a trauma center, was targeted by the gunman, who remains at large, Miller said.
The shooting occurred in an apartment at 733 Campbell St., where the victim was watching television with his girlfriend about 11:20 p.m., Miller said.
"They heard someone knocking at the door, and when the girlfriend answered it, three black men tried to get inside," Miller said.
"Blagman confronted them and someone pulled a gun. As Blagman grabbed the gun, it went off and a bullet struck him in the abdomen," Miller said.
Blagman then reportedly bolted down a hallway to a back bedroom and jumped out of a window, investigators were told.
Blagman made his way across the street to the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, where paramedics rushed him into the emergency room.
Hospital security officers told police that they heard a gunshot.
The apartment is rented to Blagman's aunt, who said she was in her bedroom when the shooting took place.
Calling herself "a soldier of God," the aunt, who did not give her name, said one of the men who came to the front door reportedly walked into her bedroom, but he did not harm her.
"I got down on the floor," she said.
"I heard a pop," said the woman, adding that she did not see the gunman.
"My nephew came by (the room) like a piece of lightning," the aunt said,
When a reporter visited the apartment on Tuesday morning, the aunt showed him a large kitchen window which she believed was kicked out during the home invasion.
The aunt said a woman visiting the apartment claimed she was "struck in the head with a barbell," but police could not confirm that.
"I believe in God. I'm not afraid. I'm covered by God," said the 54-year-old woman, who said her nephew was visiting at the apartment when he was shot.
She was outraged by the act of violence.
She called the intruders "cowards."
"I'm angry and bitter that people would do this. They invaded my privacy," the woman said.
She believed her nephew "was going to be OK. I have faith in God."
Miller said investigators were trying to develop leads, but they were getting limited help from the victim and witnesses.
"One woman refused to stay at the scene after the shooting," Miller said.