WILKES-BARRE – Police responded to a report of a large fight with shots fired at approximately 5:30 p.m. Wednesday on Midland Court in the Boulevard Townhomes complex.
Residents of the complex, who declined to give their names, said between 15 and 20 teenagers were fighting on Middle Court, a gated walking path running parallel to Welles Street between Hill Street and the South Street Bridge. They said the incident began as a fight between two women, one of whom was struck with a wrench during the altercation, and ended when two to three gunshots rang out.
Police said they did not find shell casings or other evidence of gunfire at the scene. They said they needed to review city surveillance camera footage to determine whether shots had been fired.
A city police officer spoke with about six people inside 158 Midland Court. A woman leaving the apartment with the officer said "I was the one who got hit," but declined to give her name or comment further.
Neighbors said they recognized some of those involved in the fight as frequent visitors to the townhome complex, which is owned by the Wilkes-Barre Housing Authority.
They said the complex has been the site of frequent violent incidents, including gunshots.
"The people in here are afraid, because they do come back," a woman said. "It's not over. It really isn't. They'll be back. The ones who were in here this afternoon; they'll be back before it gets dark."
Two people were shot near the complex beneath the South Street Bridge on June 13.