On July 22, just after midnight, Hazleton City Police and Detectives responded to a shooting in the area of Penn Court, which involved damage to a home and vehicle with no injuries.
On July 23, 2019, at approximately 1930 hours, Hazleton City Police and Detectives responded to a shooting in the area of North Laurel and Magnolia Street, which involved damage to two vehicles, which were towed for investigation.
On July 23, 2019, at approximately 2200 hours, Hazleton City Police, Detectives and PSP responded to a shooting in the area of 17th and Carson Street, which involved a vehicle and home.
On July 23, 2019, at approximately 0120 hours, Hazleton City Police, Detectives, PSP and West Hazleton Police responded to a shooting at 17th and Peace Street, which involved a home.
All incidents involved property damage and no one was injured.
Information and intelligence indicates this is attributed to targeted group violence, which is being investigated by the Hazleton Police Detective Division under the direction of Detective Lieutenant William Gallagher who’s been coordinating and communicating with the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office. The detectives and department will vigorously pursue those responsible and make certain they face stern, swift and decisive justice.
At approximately 1940 hours, Chief Jerry Speziale ordered additional Hazleton patrol units for saturated patrols, communicated and coordinated with Captain Robert Bartal, Commander of the Hazleton Barracks of the Pennsylvania State Police who supplied PSP Units to assist in the saturated patrols throughout the City of Hazleton and has committed to continue to assist as we move forward with a targeted strategy.
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