A 28-year-old man is expected to survive after he was shot in midtown Harrisburg Monday afternoon.
Police responded to the report of shots fired with a person hit in the 600 block of Dauphin Street at about 2:30 p.m.
Officers found the man on scene with a bullet wound to the stomach, not far from Hamilton Elementary School. He was rushed to a local hospital for treatment and students at the school were taken inside until the scene was secured. Police did not identify the victim.
Police said they don’t have a description of the suspect, who might have fled on foot.
An emergency dispatcher told PennLive a caller reported seeing a man walk out of a house and shoot the victim in the right side. The shooter, described as a black man wearing jeans and a white shirt, ran away, according to dispatchers.
Police had surrounded a home in the block just after arrival.
About 45 minutes later, a man nearly matching the same description came out of a blue house with his hands up as officers had their guns trained on him. The man was handcuffed and taken away as officers, one holding a shield, went into the home to investigate.
After searching the house, police came out with no other suspects.
And the man who had been taken away in handcuffs was back on the scene under questioning, but he was no longer wearing restraints. He burst out in tears and screamed and stomped his feet under questioning. But it appeared he was not arrested.
Police interviewed neighbors up and down the block and brought a brown bag with evidence in it out from the house before breaking down the crime scene. A white Hyundai with a Maryland license plate was towed away as police pulled away.
Neighbors gathered and watched the scene unfold. Some said they heard the gunfire erupt along the block of row homes.
One woman said she thought firecrackers exploded as she heard “pop, pop, pop, pop, pop.”
Geri Sawyer Vaugh, who lives across the street from the crime scene, said she was sitting in her living room when she heard two shots from what she thought was a toy cap gun.
“I thought, ‘they already out there playing Halloween,'” Vaugh said. “I’m thankful I didn’t get up.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact a city detective at 717-255-3158 or 717-255-3170.
Dauphin County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest in this incident.