Neighbors tried to save victim of Harrisburg’s 8th homicide

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Thursday was a terrifying night for Barbara Bryson, who lives on the 1900 block of Holly Street in Harrisburg.

On Friday, Bryson showed ABC27 News where police left evidence markers outside of her home after the city’s eighth homicide of the year.

City police said the victim was shot multiple times around 10:40 p.m.

“I heard five gunshots,” she said. “I wouldn’t move off my couch. I was stunned.”

Bryson said she spoke with other neighbors who tried to save the man.

“They said he had a cigarette in his mouth and he was smoking,” she said. “I guess he dropped the cigarette because he was gasping for air and the gentleman said to him ‘stay with me, stay with me’.”

Police said the victim, who is in his late 20’s, was pronounced dead at Penn State Hershey Medical Center.

China Smith, another resident of Holly Street, also heard the shooting.

“We heard this bang, bang, bang, bang,” she said.

Smith called the killing a tragedy and made an emotional plea to end violence in Harrisburg.

“It’s very devastating,” she said. “It’s very painful because the Bible speaks of how we should love our neighbor, and so this is so uncalled for. Nobody (deserves) to be killed.”

No arrests have been made.

Dauphin County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 717-558-6900.

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