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July 16, 2014

Old Conemaugh shots probed

JOHNSTOWN — Police from the city, as well as East Conemaugh and Dale boroughs, responded Wednesday evening to a report of shots fired on Church Avenue in Old Conemaugh Borough.

The 911 call was received just before 5:30 p.m. The caller indicated they heard several gunshots and people screaming.

Upon arrival, police began detaining and questioning at least four residents living in a duplex apartment in the 1100 block of Church Avenue

– two males and two females.

One of the females was a minor, police said. It is unclear whether any of those detained or taken back to headquarters for questioning are being viewed as suspects. Police did not release the names of any they interviewed.

No injuries were reported.

Detective Sgt. Thomas Owens, the officer in charge, was not available for comment Wednesday.

Details were very sparse as police conducted an initial investigation and searched for people who residents say fled on foot after the shot – one toward the intersection of Church Avenue and Clinton Street and another toward Woodvale.

Residents also claimed others around the scene jumped in a car and drove off before police arrived.

“I heard three ‘booms.’ I didn’t know what they were,” said Church Avenue resident Mike D’Angelo.

“I thought they were just fireworks because we hear them all the

time up here.”

Police were able to obtain consent to search the apartment, but it is unclear whether the search turned up any clues. The detained person who agreed to the search was released soon after.

Although D’Angelo said the sight of police cruisers flashing red and blue is increasingly common on Church Avenue, he said he still feels safe and plans to stay where he’s lived his entire life.

“I think it’s like any neighborhood anymore,” he said. “It’s just worse.

“Let’s say it’s not like it used to be.”

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter @JustinDennis.

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