WILKES-BARRE — A man hired to keep the parking lot clean at South Main Plaza was shot in the leg Thursday after he reportedly told people to leave the property.
Jason Girton, who only knows the victim by his first name, Fletcher, said he spoke to the victim after he was shot.
Girton, of Mountain Top, said Fletcher was shot in the lower leg and was taken away by ambulance.
Girton said Fletcher told him the shooter and the others got in a red Pontiac with black rims and fled.
Others in the group of men with the shooter got into a Jeep and fled.
“He cleans up around here,” Girton said of Fletcher. “I guess they were doing something they shouldn’t have been and he told them to get off the property.”
Girton said Fletcher told him one of the men in the group appeared to have been struck by a bullet that ricocheted.
Police investigating at the scene said they could not confirm more than one gunshot victim.
Charlotte Maro, who works at a nearby convenience store, said she heard a single gunshot and saw about 10 people scatter and drive away.
She described Fletcher, who hours earlier had fixed the store air conditioner, as “the nicest guy in the world.”
Police on scene had no additional details to release, other than the male gunshot victim’s injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.
No further information was available prior to press time Thursday night.