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Two children, 2 and 5, shot during domestic dispute

Last updated: August 27. 2013 12:19AM - 3998 Views
By - elewis@timesleader.com



A makeshift memorial is set up near the area where two little girls were critically injured when they were shot Saturday at the Sherman Hills complex in Wilkes-Barre.
A makeshift memorial is set up near the area where two little girls were critically injured when they were shot Saturday at the Sherman Hills complex in Wilkes-Barre.
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WILKES-BARRE — Search warrants filed in Saturday’s shooting of two children in the Sherman Hills apartment complex suggest the father of one of the children was upset two men were inside apartment of the mother of the child.


William Cash, known as “Junie,” told police he went to the apartment to visit the mother of his children, Diane Page. As he walked through a rear sliding glass door, he saw another man walking out the front door.


Cash asked Page what was going on. When she did not answer, Cash claimed he went out the rear door to talk to his cousin when gunfire erupted, according to search warrant affidavits.


Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said both girls sustained gunshot wounds. The children were flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where they remained in critical condition on Monday.


Police said Monday the investigation is ongoing with county detectives. No charges have been filed.


The affidavits say investigators are searching for two men with the street names of “Shai” and “Flea,” who were inside Page’s apartment before the shooting on Saturday.


Cash said he spotted a black man, about 6 feet, 2 inches tall, walk out the front door when he entered the apartment through the sliding door. As Page did not respond when he asked what was going on, Cash went outside to talk to his cousin.


One of the suspects yelled, “Yo come here bro.” Cash told him to wait since he did not know them. Cash said he was about to reenter the apartment when shots rang out at about 1:45 p.m.


Cash grabbed his younger daughter and tossed her to the back of the room. As he went to grab the 5-year-old daughter she was shot, the affidavits say.


Page told police, according to the affidavits, she was in her apartment with her two children and Christina Rivera and Rivera’s 2-year-old daughter. Page said Shai was in the apartment and Shai’s friend Flea stopped in to get a cell phone charger.


Page left the apartment with another girlfriend, identified only as Kia, and walked to Walgreens Pharmacy on Coal Street. When she returned, Cash got out of a taxi and approached Page.


Page’s friend Kia told Shai he needed to leave. Cash walked through the sliding-glass door as Shai walked out the front door. An argument erupted about another man being in the apartment.


Page called 911 about the domestic disturbance. About 20 minutes after calling 911, Page said she heard gunshots when she was in the bathroom. She looked out and saw Cash diving in the room and her 5-year-old girl on a couch with a gunshot wound, according to the affidavits.


Rivera’s 2-year-old daughter was shot during the gunfire, police said.


Police believe one of the suspects attempted to leave town in a 1999 Dodge minivan with a tire on the roof. Police seized the vehicle in the area of 510 S. Empire St. after the shooting where several people were arrested on unrelated charges.


Arrest papers say police investigated a fight at 91 N. Empire Court at about 4:07 p.m. Saturday where Jamesetta Carter and Troy Moyer stated they were attacked by five people who confronted Camilla Hoy about a missing money card.


Moyer claimed Taleek T. Sistrunk, 21, of 308 N. Empire Court, told Hoy, “You owe her money too,” according to the criminal complaint.


Moyer defended Hoy and was zapped by a Taser held by Taleek Sistrunk, 21, of 308 N. Empire Court, Wilkes-Barre, the complaint says.


Carter stepped in to help Moyer and was pulled away by Jevaun Darryl Brown, 24, of 19 S. Empire Court. Carter attempted to run from the residence and was zapped by the Taser, according to the complaint.


Sistrunk, Brown, and Trevor Whitaker, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., left the apartment, driving away in a mini van with a tire on its roof. They were arrested in the area of 510 S. Empire St.


Sistrunk and Whitaker were charged with simple assault, and Brown was charged with simple assault, forgery and false identification to law enforcement. They were jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $50,000 bail.


Although the shooting and the fight about a missing money card were unrelated, the Dodge minivan may be connected.


Police received a search warrant for the Dodge that was impounded.


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