Duryea shooting: One hospitalized, two arrested

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]

DURYEA — Two men, both 18, are in custody following a shooting on Stephenson Street early Saturday.

Borough police did not release the men’s names, but court documents identify the individuals as Nathan Hazelton, of Scranton, and Christopher Stevens, of Old Forge.

Officers responded to a fight at a residence at about 12:09 a.m. when witnesses told officers a man suffered a gunshot wound. Paramedics transported a 31-year-old man from Plains Township to a local hospital.

Duryea Police said he was in stable condition, but did not release the victim’s name.

Police from Pittston, Avoca, Hughestown and state police searched the area as those at the residence fled the scene.

During the investigation, police arrested Stevens on charges of firearms not to be carried without a license, public drunkenness and underage drinking. The suspected gunman remained at large, however.

Stevens was arraigned Saturday morning by District Judge Brian Tupper in Kingston Township and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $15,000 bail.

Hazelton turned himself in to Scranton police later Saturday, and was brought back to Luzerne County for arraignment.

He was charged with aggravated assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats, simple assault and firearms not to be carried without a license.

Hazelton also was arraigned by Tupper and committed to the county lockup on $500,000 bail to await further proceedings.


By Ed Lewis

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