Wilkes-Barre shooting victims identified

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A gunman opened a door at 77 Hutson St. and began shooting, with bullets striking a woman and a man in their heads late Wednesday, according to court papers.

Wilkes-Barre police were dispatched to the area for a report of a gunshot victim shortly before midnight, and discovered Vanesa Batista inside 67 Hutson St. with wounds to the head and wrist, a search warrant affidavit says.

Batista told an officer the shooting took place inside her residence at 77 Hutson where her boyfriend, Trevor Oliver, also had been shot. Police discovered Oliver inside the home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Batista, 39, and Oliver, 41, were transported to an area hospital for treatment. Information about their conditions was unavailable later Thursday.

Here are more details from the affidavit:

Batista said she was home with Oliver when she heard a knock at the front door. The door opened, and a man entered and began shooting.

Investigators observed blood in several rooms, as well as two gunshot holes in the dining room wall.

Investigators requested the search warrant to gather evidence related to the shooting.

A State Police Forensic Services Unit and Luzerne County detectives are assisting city police detectives. No additional information has been released by city police.

And no charges have been filed.

Gunfire on Hutson Street follows shootings in other parts of Wilkes-Barre in recent days.

Police said a 23-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in the left shoulder in the area of 69 Wilkes Lane off Coal Street at about 10 p.m. Feb. 2. Witnesses reported seeing a dark-colored sport utility vehicle speeding away.

Hours earlier at about 7 p.m. Feb. 2, a shooting was reported on Parrish Street. An officer there was seen placing evidence markers on the road near the intersection of Brown Street.

A few days earlier, on Jan. 31, a 34-year-old man from Wilkes-Barre arrived at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital with a gunshot wound to the chest. Police said he was uncooperative and would not indicate where the shooting took place or who was responsible.

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By Ed Lewis

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