Wilkes-Barre police say no one is in custody.

Last updated: May 21. 2014 12:34AM - 7330 Views
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A shooting victim is brought to an ambulance on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre. (Aimee Dilger | The Times Leader)
A shooting victim is brought to an ambulance on Madison Street in Wilkes-Barre. (Aimee Dilger | The Times Leader)
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WILKES-BARRE — A man is in stable condition after being shot in a vacant lot on Madison Street earlier this evening.

The man suffered a gunshot wound to his neck and is in the Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township, said police Lt. Steven Olshefski.

Police were dispatched to the area of 53 Madison St. at 7:37 p.m. and initiated a search of the area for the shooter. But as of 9:30 p.m., no one was in custody, Olshefski said.

“We are pursuing eyewitness and other investigative leads,” he said.

Wilkes-Barre’s police Patrol and Detective divisions were on-scene investigating as of 9:30 p.m.

The shooting apparently occurred in a lot overgrow with grass and weeds between an apartment house at 44-46 Madison St. and a single family home at 64 Madison St., as police were searching the lot looking for evidence with flashlights at about 8 p.m.

At 8:10 p.m., police were knocking on the door at 44 Madison St., and two women, one of them holding an infant, answered the door and let them in. Ten to 15 minutes later, police were back outside examining basement doors and the ground around the three-story apartment building.

Signs posted on the fronts of both 44-46 and 64 Madison St. noted that both buildings are monitored by closed-circuit video surveillance.

Falzone Towing Service showed up at 9:10 p.m. and, at the direction of police, loaded a red Chevrolet Malibu parked in front of 64 Madison St. onto a flatbed.

After the vehicle was loaded, two cars pulled up and one of the occupants asked loudly, “What are you doing with my son’s car?” After police consulted with the people who just arrived and each other, the car was loaded off the flatbed back into its parking space.

Officers returned to searching the field with flashlights, but by 9:40 p.m. were taking down crime scene tape strung across the entrance to the lot from the sidewalk.

Olshefski said more information would be released as it is put together and as warranted.

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