More details are available in the Friday night shooting on West Marshall Street that sent one man to the hospital.
According to reports from the , officers were in the West End of Norristown shortly before 10:30 p.m. on Friday, June 8, when they heard several loud bangs they suspected might be fireworks. held graduation ceremonies earlier that day and several graduation parties were ongoing that evening.
Officers headed to the area to investigate the noise and were informed that there was a shooting in the 1100 block of West Marshall Street. On the scene, officers were directed to the rear of a home on that block where a graduation party was in progress. Officers reportedly observed a trail of fresh blood on the sidewalk along the east side of the house as they made their way to the backyard. The trail reportedly led directly to the victim, a Philadelphia man, whom they said found seated in a chair, sweating profusely, but still conscious and alert. The victim had a gunshot wound to his left buttocks and was bleeding heavily.
The victim reportedly told police that he did not know what happened and did not know who shot him. Other party goers also reportedly told police they had no information about the incident.
While the victim was being treated by medics, police reportedly made contact with witnesses who said that an argument between two females that began further up the block escalated when a male on the scene began shooting randomly down the block in the direction of party goers as he retreated south on Hamilton Street.
Police searched the area and reportedly discovered several vehicles with bullet holes in the windows and bodies. Officers also recovered a bullet fragment and seven 9mm brass shell casings from the scene.
The witnesses reportedly identified the shooter as a black male, possibly between the ages of 18 to 22, about 5'9" tall and 140 lbs, wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and a red Phillies baseball cap. Another witness reportedly told police that the suspect jumped into a 2006-6 biege or white Cadillac CTS with tinted windows being driven by an unknown subject. The witness reportedly told police the car took off heading east. Both witnesses reportedly told police that the occupants of the Cadillac had been at the party the car had been parked in the rear alley earlier in the night.
The owner of the home where the party was taking place reportedly refused to cooperate with police, claiming the shooting had nothing to do with her party. No other party goers provided information to police. At least one person on the scene, reportedly identified as the victim's sister by other witnesses, claimed to have a picture of the suspected shooter on her phone, but police said she refused to provide them with any information.
The victim was flown by medevac to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and was discharged on Sunday, according to hospital officials.
Police are still searching for the suspect in the shooting. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the at 60-270-0997.