New Castle News

July 16, 2013

Two injured in West Side gunfire

Debbie Wachter
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Two people suffered gunshot wounds Sunday night while walking on the city’s West Side.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said the men, ages 21 and 24, were on Bell Avenue and turning onto McCleary Avenue around 11:45 p.m. when they heard gunfire from behind them.

They ran, he said, and the 24-year-old was hit by a bullet in the left forearm and the 21-year-old was shot in the upper left thigh. They were taken to Jameson Hospital in a private vehicle that was escorted by police, Salem said.

Their injuries were not life-threatening, he added.

Police have a suspect, whose name has not been released pending further investigation, Salem said.

At the time of the shooting, a woman notified the county 911 center that someone had shot through the wall of her house in the 900 block of McCleary Avenue, but she had not seen anyone in the area.

Officers found holes in the side wall and in a window of the residence. They also found a .40-caliber slug inside a garage that had gone through an outside wall and hit the rear passenger door of a sport utility vehicle, and there was a bullet hole in the bedroom window and a slug lodged in a wall in a first-floor hallway.

Police searched a grassy area behind Second Baptist Church on Bell Avenue and recovered six spent .40-caliber shell casings and found several bullet marks at the church.