Latest shooting incident ruled an accident

Last updated: December 04. 2013 11:39PM - 4545 Views
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WILKES-BARRE — Sherman Hills Realty Inc. submitted its response to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which inspected their apartment complex and classified its management as “unsatisfactory.”

Meanwhile, city police are calling a shooting early Wednesday morning inside an apartment building accidental.

Police responded to Building 308 at about 3 a.m. to investigate gunfire and learned a handgun accidentally discharged. The round passed through the ceiling and into a second-floor apartment where a woman was sleeping, police said.

No injuries were reported in the latest shooting at the troubled complex, which has been the scene of deadly shootings, robberies, burglaries and drug peddling in recent years.

Sherman Hills Realty Inc., of Brooklyn, N.Y., submitted its response identifying corrective measures to a Managerial and Operational Review by HUD in September. It had until Nov. 30 to submit a response but due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the deadline was extended one business day.

If the realty company had not submitted a response by the deadline, it could have faced administrative sanctions and removal of participation in the HUD Section 8 program.

Sherman Hills Realty purchased the 340-unit complex off Coal Street, managed by Park Management Inc., of Brooklyn, in February 2011.

HUD inspected six of the eight “garden style” apartment buildings on Sept. 16 and 17, and found inoperable surveillance cameras, inadequate exterior lighting and broken doors and windows.

Tenants residing in the complex off North Sherman and Coal streets are experiencing life-threatening security issues due to the inadequate security equipment and lack of preventative maintenance that has contributed to increased crimes and illegal activity, HUD’s report says.

Last week, U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Moosic, announced the formation of a Sherman Hills Task Force consisting of elected city and county officials and community activists to address issues and offer suggestions for the apartment complex.

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