UPDATE: Shooting on Hershey Avenue in Lancaster started after ‘verbal confrontation’, suspect in custody


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) — Lancaster Bureau of Police are investigating a shooting on the 100 block of Hershey Ave. where an on-duty officer observed a man firing a gun at another man.

At around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, an on-duty officer heard gunshots on Hershey Avenue and High Street. While driving, the officer noticed a man along the roadway with a gun in his hand. After calling backup, police detained the suspect and located a male victim who had multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is still undergoing treatment for injuries to the head, torso, and arm.

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Upon investigation, police found that the suspect and victim knew each other and were “engaged in a brief verbal confrontation.” That’s when the suspect pulled out a handgun and fired it multiple times, striking the victim.

The suspect, Daijour Lamark Stennett, a 30-year-old Lancaster City resident was charged with criminal attempt at criminal homicide, aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, and firearms not to be carried without a license. Stennett is being held at Lancaster City Police Station for processing and was denied bail at arraignment.

Maria De Jesus witnessed firsthand what unfolded on the normally quiet Hershey Avenue. “I heard five or six shots. At first, I thought it was firecrackers,” De Jesus said. De Jesus also says the officer’s timely appearance was no coincidence. “I knew he was driving through when it happened, because I know the police weren’t going to get here that quick. God sent him our way at the point, I am a big believer and I know that happening at that time, it was God’s doing.

De Jesus also has a message for the officer. “I have a brother who is also a police officer and I know so I thank him for doing what he did,” De Jesus said.

Anyone with any additional information on the incident is asked to contact Detective Ryan Burgett at 717-735-3412.

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