WILKES-BARRE — Detectives have few leads in the case to determine what led to the shooting death of David George Thursday night.
Luzerne County Detective Dan Beky and Wilkes-Barre City Detective Charles Jensen rendezvoused outside police headquarters Saturday afternoon. Both are assigned to the case, along with at least one other city detective. They did not comment on possible suspects or explain the nature of the leads. Investigating these matters takes time, Jensen said.
Beky couldn’t provide much new information either, but said they’re putting all of their focus on the investigation. “That’s all we can say right now,” Beky said. “We’re working it.”
Wayne Wright, George’s stepfather, waited at his Welles Street home for George’s mother, Yvonne, to return from making funeral arrangements Saturday.
“I’m devastated,” Wright said. Though George was his stepson, said Wright, he helped raise him from a baby. It wasn’t right for the 24-year-old to die so young, he said, noting George was a generous man who was always eager to help others.
Wright clenched his jaw and said George’s death opened his eyes to crime’s presence in the city.
“It’s like the Wild West up here,” Wright said, explaining he retired from a General Motors factory in New Jersey and moved to Wilkes-Barre to get some peace and quiet. Although he considers parts of New Jersey dangerous, he suggested it might be safer if he moved back.
Police officers responded around 11 p.m. Thursday to reports of shots fired on Welles Street, according to a police document. George’s mother told police she spoke to her son on the phone that night. He said he was on his way home. A few minutes later, she heard a gunshot outside, police said.
Dr. Gary Ross, a forensic pathologist, performed George’s autopsy at 2 p.m. Friday. Ross concluded the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head and manner of death was ruled homicide, according to acting Luzerne County Coroner William Lisman. George’s death marks the seventh homicide in Wilkes-Barre since January.