One man shot, another assaulted in West Hazleton

June 24th, 2015 10:06 am

First Posted: 9/9/2013

WEST HAZLETON — One man was shot and another assaulted early Monday morning at a home on East Broad Street.

Borough police were dispatched to the 200 block of East Broad Street for multiple reports of shots fired just before 12:30 a.m. and found Joshua L. Crutch, 20, of West Hazleton, on the second floor of 227 E. Broad St. with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Police also found Leshawn Williams, 21, of West Hazleton, in the residence. Williams had suffered lacerations and contusions to his face, police said.

Crutch was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Williams was taken to Hazleton General Hospital for evaluation and was treated and released, according to police Chief Brian Buglio.

Witnesses told police more than 10 shots were heard being fired both inside and outside the residence, and three men were seen running from the house.

Buglio said the suspects reportedly fired about four shots at the house as they were crossing the street on their way to a small, dark-colored vehicle.

He said a preliminary description of the suspects described them as Hispanic males in their 20s, with one of them possibly wearing a black baseball cap.

Police are reviewing video surveillance footage in the area. Anyone with information is asked to contact West Hazleton police at 570-455-3733 or by calling 911.

West Hazleton police were assisted on scene by officers from the Hazleton city and Butler Township police departments and members of the Pennsylvania State Police Forensic Services Unit.