Shootings, terrorism training keep Harrisburg police busy

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A woman recounts the moment a car unknowingly crashed into her home after Harrisburg police said the driver was shot.

Barbara met with her contractor on Tuesday as both examined the damage to her porch. Bricks and shattered glass were scattered across her front lawn on Holly Street.

The woman, who did not want her face shown on-camera, told ABC 27 she just got home from grocery shopping a few minutes before the crash Monday night.

“All of a sudden I heard this noise,” she said. “It sounded like the house fell down.”

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Barbara said her son went to investigate and was shocked when he looked out the front window and saw an SUV on the porch.

“I was like, oh my. I didn’t know what to think,” she said.

Police said a 16-year-old was driving on Burchfield when he was shot and lost control.

Barbara and neighbor Anne Johnson-Lewis witnessed the aftermath.

“[I saw] a man in the street, shot, asking for help,” Johnson said.

Police said he was shot in the torso but is expected to survive. The victim told police the shots were fired from a green car, but no other description was provided.

About two hours earlier, a 17-year-old and 19-year-old were shot while inside a vehicle at 13th and Lowell streets near Hall Manor. Someone took the victims to a hospital in a minivan and drove off, according to investigators.

Captain Gabe Olivera said the victims received life threatening gunshot wounds.

“Anytime anyone gets shot and they’re going into surgery, it’s life threatening,” Olivera said.

By Tuesday morning, both were out of surgery and recovering. However, a source close to the case said the 17-year-old was not cooperating with police.

Shots fired calls also came in on Chestnut Street and have been consistently, according to residents in Allison Hill, South Harrisburg, and Bellvue Park.

“We hear gunshots around here a lot,” Johnson-Lewis said, “but we know God is in control.”

Many residents are praying for safety after seeing bloodshed too often in recent weeks. Since Oct. 28, there have been four homicides and more than a dozen reported shootings in Harrisburg.

Olivera said officers are just as disgusted as residents.

“This community has had a rash of violence these last few weeks, he said. “The city itself has had violence the last couple week. It’s always a terrible thing.”

One officer told ABC27 the violence comes at an especially hectic time because officers are preparing and training for Saturday’s holiday parade. Extra security will be on hand because of the Paris terror attacks.

Barbara said violence in any shape or form is senseless.

“Its horrible. Young people just go around shooting each other,” she said. “I don’t really understand.”

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