HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Harrisburg leaders were holding a peace ceremony when a man was shot in Allison Hill. Afterward, city leaders encouraged residents to do better in loving thy neighbor.
Buddhist chants were belted out by Rev. Geoffrey Dunaway to start off an International Day of Peace ceremony inside Harrisburg City Hall.
“Let us remember that we are all one,” he said.
Civic leaders like Scottie Scott tried to inspire others by not looking at kindness as a hobby but as a life motto.
“Kindness is something that we do every day,” he said. “It should be a lifestyle.”
Harrisburg spokeswoman Joyce Davis attempted to send people off with a mission to accomplish decency.
“Let’s do something nice for somebody,” she said.
But as the ceremony began, police were investigating a shooting in the area of 18th and Mulberry streets. Police said a man suffered a gunshot wound to the leg.
Unknowingly, Mayor Eric Papenfuse spoke as first responders arrived.
“In our city, we are engaged in a desperate struggle to save young lives,” he said.
Following the mayor’s speech was Police Chief Thomas Carter, who spoke on the ongoing civil unrest between residents and police across the country, discussing events in Tulsa and Charlotte this week.
“We are not perfect,” he said. “Things will happen, but let’s work it out together.”
Carter left the ceremony to oversee the shooting investigation.
Before the ceremony ended, the mayor encouraged people to pause and take the time to focus on family.
“There’s always going to be violence,” he said, “But in general, we’re looking to unify and make Harrisburg safe and peaceful for all.”