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Bloody weekend: Another shooting in area


February 19. 2013 4:50PM
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WILKES-BARRE – A man was shot Sunday in the Sherman Hills apartment complex, bringing the total number of weekend shootings to three.


The unidentified man suffered non-life-threatening hand and leg wounds in the shooting just before 6 p.m. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment.


City Police Lt. Steven Olshefski said police recovered evidence at the scene, but have little else to go on.


We have no suspect information and no reason as to why this happened, he said.


Police have been called to the complex numerous times for shootings, assaults and robberies.


Last month, the fugitive son of a tenant in the complex's high-rise apartment building was killed in a gunfight and an officer was shot in the leg when he and other law enforcement officers attempted to serve an arrest warrant for attempted homicide in Philadelphia.


Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis ruled the Oct. 5 killing of Robert Montgomery was justified


The weekend shootings began Friday night in Plains Township and state police labeled that a homicide. Leslie Keneyatta Smith, 27, of Wilkes-Barre, died from multiple gunshot wounds. He was found around 7:45 p.m. in a car that crashed on a driveway leading to the Red Roof Inn from state Route 309. No one has been charged with the killing and Salavantis said the investigation is ongoing.


Three people were injured during a shooting inside Mulligan's Irish Pub on South Main Street around 2 a.m. Saturday. Police arrested Stefan Smith, 21, of Wilkes-Barre in a vehicle near the bar. He was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person and committed to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $750,000 bail.


Sunday's Sherman Hills shooting occurred in the area of building 308 on North Empire Court and the man ran from there to building 320.


Police picked up shell casings from the parking lot in front of building 308 and concentrated on a ground-level apartment with a shattered glass door. Officers with handguns drawn entered through the broken door. An officer who also had his gun drawn remained outside. No one was taken into custody.


The wounded man left a trail of blood as he fled along the paved roadway to the concrete sidewalk and into a stairwell.


A woman who would not identify herself said the victim was her sister's boyfriend and he ran to her apartment to ask her to call for help.


A resident of the building who also declined to provide his name said he returned from shopping to hear five or six gunshots in quick succession. They were echoing, he said.


Apartment complex maintenance personnel were working to repair the damaged door after the police left.




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