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WILKES-BARRE — One man went to a hospital and another to jail after a Christmas Day shooting at the crime-plagued Sherman Hills apartments.

Wilkes-Barre police Sgt. Christopher Mortensen said Tyrone Scott apparently got into a fight with his cousin, Nathan Scott, while one of the men was involved in a domestic dispute with a woman in Building 312 on North Empire Court.

Mortensen said Tyrone Scott allegedly shot his cousin in the leg during the fight.

Police responded at 12:46 p.m. and took Tyrone Scott into custody, but not before he allegedly assaulted a police officer, Mortensen said.

Tyrone Scott, 34, of 312 N. Empire Court, was charged with three counts of aggravated assault and one count each of simple assault, former convict not to carry a firearm, unlawful restraint and violating a protection from abuse order.

Scott was arraigned by on-duty District Judge John Hasay and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $105,000 combined bail. The alleged violation of the protection order carried a $5,000 bail amount. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Jan. 2 before District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

Wednesday’s shooting follows at least two others earlier this year at the complex. Two girls, ages 2 and 5, were seriously wounded by gunshots on Aug. 24 inside Building 304, and a woman died of gunshot wounds after a suspected drug dealer allegedly ambushed her outside Building 328 and Building 332 on Nov. 11.

In September, two men wanted in the fatal shooting of a 1-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., boy were found in the basement of the same Sherman Hills building in which the two girls were shot in August.

Police have been called to the complex bordered by North Sherman and Coal streets numerous times in response to shootings, assaults and robberies, as well as several reports of gunfire that resulted in no reported injuries or deaths.

The low-income apartment complex has been a trouble spot due to what city officials and a specially created task force have said has been lax oversight by the owner Sherman Hills Realty of New York City and its manager, Park Management of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The complex also has come under fire from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which paid nearly $2 million to house tenants at the 344-unit complex.

The owners recently employed a security consultant to put together a plan to address security issues after public outcry after the shooting of the two young girls and, immediately afterward, state officials forming a task force and demanding action.

The plans, presented to City Council on Dec. 18, include an 8-foot-high fence around the complex, the closing of the North Sherman Street entrance and limiting access to emergency vehicles, a guard station at the main entrance on North Empire Court to be manned around the clock, an armed guard patrolling the grounds, improved lighting and security cameras, keeping track of visitors and limiting their length of stay.

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