According to reports from the and Norristown Chief of Police Russel Bono, early media reports of victims shot in an incident on Church Street late Tuesday night were erroneous.
Officers arrived on the 100 block of West Airy Street at approximately 9:10 p.m. for a report of shots fired in the area and an armed subject on the loose. According to the report, the reporting person told authorities that people could be heard in nearby Palm Alley saying, "Put the gun away."
As officers converged on the scene, the observed a black male wearing a black tank top and black pants running from the area. The subject, later identified as Reggie K. Jackson, 33, of Norristown, was seen reaching for his waistband as he stumbled and fell into a sidewalk construction area at West Airy and Cherry streets.
Police were able to catch up with him on the 500 block of Church Street and held him until paramedics could arrive to treat his injuries. Officers report Jackson was acting in a manner which led them to believe he was under the influence of a controlled substance.
A search of the area around West Airy and Cherry streets where the subject fell uncovered an unloaded silver handgun. The gun was processed for prints and placed into evidence.
According to the report, Jackson was transported to for treatment. A criminal history check revealed a prior felony conviction making it illegal for Jackson to carry a firearm.
Jackson faces charges including persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer a firearm, firearm not to be carried without a license, public drunkenness and disorderly conduct.
Reports of a second gunshot victim on the 500 block of Barbados Street were also unfounded. Officers arrived at Montgomery Hospital to question that patient only to find that the he was not shot, but had fallen and hit his head while running from the original shots he had heard.