Man shot in head on W-B street
Last Modified: April 02. 2013 9:43PM
WILKES-BARRE – Investigators are searching for a man whom they call a person of interest involved in the shooting of another man in broad daylight Friday afternoon on Jay Street in the city’s Parsons section.
Wilkes-Barre Deputy Police Chief Donald Crane said Friday police are searching for a black male, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 5 feet, 10 inches tall, medium build, wearing a light blue shirt and khaki shorts with corn rows in his hair, who was involved in a shooting around 12:40 p.m.
Initial reports indicated a male was shot twice in the head in the middle of Jay Street.
District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis identified the victim as Kenyatta Hughston, 22, but she did not provide his address.
Salavantis said Hughston was taken to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment, and was alive as of 8:30 Friday night but in critical condition.
Nearby neighbors, who asked that they not be identified, said they heard what they thought were fireworks following the Fourth of July holiday, and then saw a black male lying in the street when they went to look outside.
The neighbors said the shooting was “too close for comfort” and that their neighborhood is typically peaceful.
“It’s a quiet neighborhood,” Vera Carr, a Jay Street resident said. “We’ve never had anything like this before. I hope they catch whoever it was.”
City and state police as well as Luzerne County detectives were investigating the scene Friday afternoon.
Crane said one bullet casing was found on the ground, and that no weapon was immediately located.
The person of interest, Crane said, was last seen running. It is unknown if the male was driving a vehicle, Crane said.
Police had briefly searched the Intermodal Center in Wilkes-Barre Friday afternoon where they believed the male may have been, but he was not located.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Wilkes-Barre police at 570-826-8106.
Times Leader staff writer Steve Mocarsky contributed to this story.