WILKES-BARRE - City police, wearing body armor, told residents of Hutson Street to go inside their homes for their own safety after gunfire erupted on the street earlier today.
City police and Luzerne County detectives are investigating the incident in the area of 62 Hutson Street. Approximately eight patrol officers and six detectives are on the scene.
Police investigating the shooting were attempting to make contact with the residents of a double-block house at 84-86 Hutson Street. There was no response to officers’ calls to open up the residence.
Neighbors were sitting on the front porch of a house on the corner of Hutson and Dana streets and heard five gunshots. One of the people said he hurried his niece into the house. They said they saw a gold Chevrolet Impala speed away from the scene and turn onto Dana Street and onto Park Avenue.
A car matching that description was later found on Walnut Street near Carey Avenue. A resident of Walnut Street said he saw a man exit the car and walk toward Carey Avenue.
Police earlier this afternoon issued a description of the gunman as a black man, bald, clean shaven with predominant tattoos on both sides of his neck and wore a teal colored shirt. The gunman may be armed with a shotgun and is considered dangerous, police said.
One man was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley. His age and condition remain unknown.
Michael Craige, who resides in 62 Hutson St., showed up with three other people in a vehicle learning about the shooting.
Craige said he lives in one of the apartment units with his sister, brother and niece.
“I have no idea, none at all,” a surprised Craige said.
Craige briefly spoke with an officer and was told to “stay around.” Craige said he was unaware of any problems at the apartment building.
Wilkes-Barre Area School District placed GAR and Meyers high schools and Heights-Murray, Dodson and Kistler elementary schools on “Lock-out.”
Brian Lavan, school district resource officer, explained “lock out” means the school is not in danger but there is police activity nearby.