One injured and 5 questioned

Last updated: June 16. 2014 11:07PM - 6130 Views
By Ed Lewis elewis@civitasmedia.com

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KINGSTON — Police are investigating a shooting that sent one person to the hospital Monday morning at an apartment house that neighbors say has has been a trouble spot for years.

The shooting happened at about 6 a.m. at at 103-105 Penn St., next to Korn Street, in a neighborhood of well-kept single family homes with fenced yards and manicured lawns.

Five people were detained for questioning. One person was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for surgery, police Chief Michael Krzywicki said.

Police did not identify the five detained or the shooting victim.

A state police trooper with the Forensic Services Unit and the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office assisted in the investigation.

Neighbors called the apartment building a source of “trouble” for the area.

“It seems like it’s always trouble,” said Bill Yenalevitch, who has lived on Korn Street for 12 years and next to the apartment building. “Once in a while trouble moves in, they move out and someone else will move in. It’s been difficult living next to it the last couple of years.”

An elderly woman who has lived on Korn Street for 50 years said tenants of the apartment building recently had a cookout on the sidewalk that spilled onto Korn Street. She said party-goers were in the road blocking motorists from reaching Penn Street.

“There’s always loud music coming from there,” she said.

Police put up caution tape that spanned Korn Street from the rear porch of the apartment building to a wooden fence, blocking Penn Street and forcing motorists to turn into alleys.

Yenalevitch said the neighborhood is mostly peaceful and quiet, except for the apartment building where the shooting occurred and a few other buildings on Penn Street.

“When I moved in here (12 years ago) it was unbelievably quiet,” he said. “Not so much anymore. I don’t want my kids to wake up to this.”

Last Thursday, police arrested Eric Hill, 25, a suspected member of the Bloods street gang, on charges he sold heroin in an alley near his Penn Street residence on May 28 and June 11, not far from the apartment building.

Hill, known as “Pop-Off,” remained jailed at the county prison for lack of $100,000 bail.

Police on May 12, 2000, arrested seven people associated with the Bloods from 103 Penn St. when a search warrant was served. Crack cocaine and heroin were found in the apartment, according to court records.

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