HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Police continue to investigate another weekend of violence that killed two people and injured three in Harrisburg between Saturday, April 2, and Sunday, April 3. Police say there were four separate shootings.
According to Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter, on Saturday, April 2, two separate shootings occurred.
Police were dispatched to N 5th and Woodbine Streets. Upon arrival, they found a 12-year-old female with a gunshot wound in her leg. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
She is expected to make a full recovery and the incident is under active investigation. There have been no arrests made as of Monday.
A 24-year old man was also shot in the Allison Hill area. He is expected to make a full recovery. It is also under active investigation.
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The third shooting happened early Sunday morning. Two men were shot near 13th and Derry Streets. One man was found wounded in front of a corner store, and another man was found a block away from the scene, where he collapsed.
Harrisburg Police identified the victims as Leonard Quattlebaum and Nelbenson Sanchez.
Police are investigating this third shooting as a double homicide, as they believe the same person shot both men. No arrests have been made in the investigation so far.
A fourth shooting took place around 6 p.m. on Sunday near the 1600 block of Ethel Street. Police say one person was hit in the buttocks and foot. He was transported to the local hospital where he is treated for his non-life-threatening injuries.
Harrisburg has seen a spike in gun violence this year, with the latest deadly shooting happening by the Amtrak station involving a taxi driver.
Lamont Jones is on the front lines trying to reach young people to put the guns down.
“This has to stop, especially when a twelve-year-old girl gets hit by a bullet, it’s the community’s duty to step up. We can’t continue to let this happen. It is one thing for two individuals to shoot at each other, but when our children, our greatest asset, but when our children are in danger the community has no choice but to step up,” Jones said.
Jones and several other grassroots organizations will hold a town hall at Allison Hill Community Center from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Young people are invited to listen and take part in the discussion.
Anyone with information about the shootings is asked to contact Harrisburg Police at 717-558-6900 or Detective Brian Carriere at 717-255-3151.
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