Shooting in Allentown
by Geoff Kelly - posted 2:31 pm, February 1, 2010
I was at home in my kitchen on Trinity Place in the block west of Elmwood at about 12:30 when I heard gunfire, maybe 20 or 30 rounds stretched over two or three minutes. From my back window I could see people running slowly down Virginia Street, away from Elmwood. After the first, concentrated bursts, there was a single shot, then another, then silence. Then sirens.
When I stepped outside and into the street a few minutes later, Trinity was blocked by police cruisers at Virginia. An officer drove down to where I was talking with a neighbor and asked us to go inside our houses. There was an active shooter in the neighborhood, he told us. One officer had been hit, nobody else. He said a SWAT team was preparing to enter a house where they thought the shooter had holed up.
More as I know it.
UPDATE: Although they sounded as if they were coming from Virginia Street, apparently the gunshots were just down the block on Trinity, where police were trying to defuse a hostage situation.