Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:43AM - 5021 Views
By - smocarsky@timesleader.com

A shooting victim is brought to an ambulance on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night.
A shooting victim is brought to an ambulance on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday night.
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WILKES-BARRE — A man was hospitalized Tuesday night after being shot in a vacant lot on Madison Street.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck and was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, said police Lt. Steven Olshefski.

The victim was in stable condition as of 9:30 p.m.

Police were dispatched to the area of 53 Madison St. at 7:37 p.m. and initiated a search of the area for the shooter. But as of 9:30 p.m., no one was in custody, Olshefski said.

“We are pursuing eyewitness and other investigative leads,” he said.

Later Tuesday night, police posted a news release on the department Facebook page indicating they learned that the shooter and the victim had an argument at an earlier time and, when they met again to continue the altercation, one of the participants in the argument fired shots at the other.

The shooting apparently occurred in a lot overgrown with grass and weeds between an apartment house at 44-46 Madison St. and a single-family home at 64 Madison St. Police were searching the lot looking for evidence with flashlights at about 8 p.m.

At 8:10 p.m., police were knocking on the door at 44 Madison St., and two women, one of them holding an infant, answered the door and let them in. About 15 minutes later, police were back outside examining basement doors and the ground around the three-story apartment building.

Signs posted on the fronts of both 44-46 and 64 Madison St. noted that both buildings are monitored by closed-circuit video surveillance.

Falzone Towing Service showed up at 9:10 p.m. and, at the direction of police, loaded a red Chevrolet Malibu parked in front of 64 Madison St. onto a flatbed.

After the vehicle was loaded, two cars pulled up and one of the occupants asked loudly, “What are you doing with my son’s car?” After police consulted with the people who had just arrived and with each other, the car was loaded off the flatbed back into its parking space.

Officers returned to searching the field with flashlights. Wilkes-Barre’s police patrol and detective divisions were still on-scene investigating as of 9:30 p.m.

By 9:40 p.m., they were taking down crime scene tape strung across the entrance to the lot at the edge of the sidewalk.

Olshefski said further information would be released as it is put together and as warranted.

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