WILKES-BARRE TWP. — Township police believe a shooting that injured two men sitting inside a vehicle was an isolated incident early Wednesday morning.
A motorist traveling on Casey Avenue spotted a bloody man lying next to a bullet ridden Honda Civic at about 7 a.m. A second man was found in the passenger seat.
Emergency medical technicians treated the two gunshot victims at the scene before transporting them to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.
The Honda was partially parked into the roadway in front of 605 Casey Ave., which is across from the Cinema 309 adult theater.
“We have reason to believe that it is a directed act of violence,” said township police Capt. Will Clark. “Our preliminary investigation leads us to believe this is not a random act that this is directed. We are in the very early stages, we are trying to gather all the facts and all the information and put together exactly what happened.”
Police closed the section of Casey Avenue while investigators processed the scene.
Nearly two dozen evidence markers were placed on the ground surrounding the Honda, including one evidence marker placed about 50 feet away near the entrance to the theater’s parking lot.
A red jacket with yellow sleeves next to the Honda was photographed and placed in an evidence bag.
The Honda’s windshield, driver’s side windows and rear window were shot out.
No one was home at 605 Casey Ave. when the shooting took place.
A woman showed up asking police if she can enter her home at 607 Casey Ave. only to be told she had to wait until investigators finished processing the scene. She refused to comment saying she was scared and did not want to bring attention to herself.
There were reports two men were seen fleeing the scene in a white vehicle, a report Clark denied to confirm.
“I don’t want to speculate on who was involved or how many were involved or what the reason; that would be pure speculation at this time,” Clark said.
Police said the two men are expected to survive their injuries. Their names were not released.
Dolvin Houssein, who lives nearby, said he heard multiple gunshots and saw a white-colored vehicle fleeing the scene.
It was not known if investigators retrieved video from surveillance cameras from homes or businesses in the area, including Kmart in the Blackman Plaza, which has a loading dock facing the scene of the shooting.
Casey Avenue is known as the “back road” behind Blackman Plaza and often used by motorists to avoid the heavily traveled intersection at Blackman Street and Wilkes-Barre Township Boulevard.
Clark said the township police department, Luzerne County detectives and state police are involved in the investigation.
Police reopened Casey Avenue at about 12 p.m. Wednesday.