Shooting near Allentown bar leaves 10 wounded; motive unknown
This story has been updated with additional information and quotes.
(Allentown) — A street shooting in eastern Pennsylvania that left 10 people wounded early Thursday is likely to be gang-related, authorities said.
The shooting outside the Deja Vu nightclub in Allentown occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Most of the victims had just left the nightclub and were standing on the sidewalk when the shots were fired, police said. Authorities believe there were three shooters.
“It appears that at least one individual was a target,” Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and Allentown Police Chief Tony Alsleben said in a statement. “Although not confirmed, in our opinion based upon investigative information … it is more likely than not that the outcome of the investigation will reveal a connection to gang violence.”
Witnesses and some of the shooting victims have been uncooperative with police, according to the statement. No arrests have been made.
Witnesses said they saw several panicked people fleeing the scene on foot, and at least one car was spotted speeding away. All of the wounded were being treated in the hospital and were expected to recover.
“When everything went silent all you could hear is the screaming and panicking,” Tashana Santiago, who lives near the club and woke to the sound of the shots, told The (Allentown) Morning Call. “All I could think was someone is dying.”
An earlier version of this story appears below.
(Allentown) — Authorities say a street shooting in Allentown has left 10 people wounded.
The shooting outside the Deja Vu nightclub occurred shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday. Authorities say most of the victims had just left the nightclub or were standing on the sidewalk outside when the shots rang out.
Witnesses said they saw several panicked people fleeing the scene on foot, and at least one car was spotted speeding away.
Authorities say all of the wounded people were being treated at hospitals and were expected to recover from their injuries. But their names and further details on the shooting were not immediately disclosed.
Authorities quickly cordoned off the area for several hours as they investigated the incident. They say a possible motive for the shooting remains under investigation.