1 in custody, 1 detained after shots fired at Columbia police

COLUMBIA, Pa. (WHTM) – Police say they took a male suspect into custody and detained a “person of interest” after several shots were fired at cars, people and officers.

The first gunshots were reported at around 3:30 a.m. Friday in the 100 block of North Seventh Street. Police say when they arrived on the scene, someone started shooting at the responding officers. No one was injured.

Investigators believe the shooter was moving, either in a car or on foot.

“It wasn’t all coming from the same location. It appeared to be moving from different positions, so we believed at that point that we had an active shooter situation,” said Tom Rudzinski, a spokesman for the Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team.

Police warned residents between Cherry and Chestnut streets and Sixth and Ninth streets to “shelter in place” until the situation was resolved.

Authorities said anyone who finds damage to the vehicle or property should call the police department.

The incident was the second involving shots fired at police officers in Lancaster County since Wednesday evening. A 17-year-old boy was arrested in Lancaster for shooting a 13-year-old boy in the leg and firing several shots at responding officers. The two officers were not hurt. The victim has been released from a hospital.



Columbia police are searching for an active shooter or shooters after several shots were fired early Friday morning.

Police said the call came in around 3:30 a.m. for shots fired on the 100 block of N. 7th Street.  Witnesses told police at least one person was shooting an unknown type of firearm. Police said they believe the shooter was “mobile,” either in a car or on foot.  Police said they’re not sure how many people they are looking for.

No arrests have been made.

Police are warning residents who live between Cherry and Chestnut Streets and 6th and 9th Streets to shelter in place until the situation is resolved.  This would include the 600-900 blocks of Cherry Street, Blunston Street, Houston Street, Ridge Avenue, Locust Street, Walnut Street, and Chestnut Street. This includes Bethel Street in its entirety, as well as streets numbered 6th through 9th.

Other people are advised to strictly avoid the area and not approached anyone who may be suspicious.

Stay with abc27 on-air and online for updates on this developing situation.


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