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August 1, 2013

City police investigate Harbor Heights shooting

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are investigating a shooting incident in the Harbor Heights housing development.

According to Lawrence County District Attorney Joshua Lamancusa, an exchange of gunfire involving two vehicles sprayed about 30 rounds of ammunition in the area.

Although no one was injured in the 10:40 p.m. incident Tuesday, Lamancusa said buildings and two vehicles were hit by gunfire.

Two suspects were taken into custody shortly after the shooting, Lamancusa said. Police who happened to be in the area pursued a vehicle seen leaving Harbor Heights.

According to a police report, officers heard the gunshots, then saw a black Ford Focus turning from Booker Drive onto McClelland Avenue. Officers gave pursuit onto Rebecca Street, then Harbor Street, where a male was seen jumping from the rear seat. The male fled on foot into a wooded area.

Police continued to pursue the vehicle onto Sampson Street and McCleary Street. The vehicle stopped on Bell Avenue, where two suspects were taken into custody.

A K-9 officer was called to the scene in an effort to locate the suspect who had jumped from the vehicle. Police said a scent was located, but the dog could not maintain it.

Lamancusa said no guns were found in the vehicle, and a search of the route the vehicle took turned up no weapons.

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