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One Reported Victim in Friday Shootings in Norristown

Two separate incidents of shots fired were reported in Norristown today and at least one victim is currently in unstable condition at an area hospital.

Details are slim, but at least two reports of shots fired in two different neighborhoods in Norristown have been publicized and at least one victim is reportedly in a hospital being treated for wounds.

Shortly after 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, The Times Herald reported via Twitter that shots were heard in the 200 block of East Elm Street and police were on the look out for two suspects described as black males wearing Army fatigues. Thirty minutes later, the Herald reported authorities were searching for the suspects, but named East Oak Street as the location of the shooting. 

At approximately 4:51 p.m., the Herald reported on Twitter another shooting, this time in the area of West Airy Street. 

Scanner reports indicate that the shooting occurred in the area of West Airy and Hamilton streets and at least one gunshot victim may have been a result of that incident.

The victim was reportedly dropped off at an area hospital in a dark grey Hyundai Sonata, but the driver did not identify him or herself and left the scene. The victim is reportedly in unstable condition and is being medevaced to another hospital for treatment.

It is unclear if the two shooting incidents are related. Norristown Patch has been unable to contact police for additional information.

Check back with Norristown Patch for updates on this developing story.

Bhrenda Drakeford December 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM
You know I worked at Graterford as a nurse back in the day. If it is these young boys that are doing the shooting. Its sad. What I saw there on E Block and the Hole will lay heavy on my heart. They brought large jars of vasoline along with other things. No cell phones or girls allowed. If they want that they will have to get the next best thing that is there. I sure hope that these boys think about that. No girls at all!!! Please become familiar with the 2 and 3 Strike law out here you moms and girlfriends. You will never hold them again. Just sayin....
OMG December 21, 2012 at 11:41 PM
I am just at a loss for words right now
Mone't December 21, 2012 at 11:49 PM
When will it end? Its so sad to see the ppl killing there selves .Before you know it there will be no future you can't possibly tell me these parents are involved .
patchsux December 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM
is it me or have the norristown police stopped communicating or working with the patch? i mean there used to be pertinent info coming from NPD ?
runningman23 December 22, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Don't forget that evil must exist. GOD gave Satan the ability to infiltrate. The only catch is that GOD must first give permission. For every story about young black men doing dirt, there are countless stories of brilliant young black minds. Times herald or Patch feel free to report there is a world renowned middle school in brooklyn p.s.318 known for its chess dominance. Masterman high school in Philly has some of the brightest black minds in the nation. I have two teenage black young men in the Norristown schools and they are both National Honor society. There are many, many more. White america has always tried to paint the picture of the uncontrollable black male that is prone to violent outbursts. Don't fall for this stereotyping. The profile of a criminal in Montgomery county is a 35 year old White male, that's a fact. Keep your head up young black men because the hunt has been on since 1619 and we've always been the prey. Get on your knees and ask GOD for directiion, if you take one step in earnest he will be there with you.
Bhrenda Drakeford December 22, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Where are the mentors for these young black youth today. Obviously there is no father figure in these homes to keep their foot in their asses to keep their heads in the book instead of the mop. Norristown is no place to bring up black youth. They are pertraded as thugs and no good. Broken homes dont work and who is to blame for postal issues. Why is the black male adult figurs missing out here. Im interested in the black male view on this patch. Im out of touch with it. Im 54 years old black female. My father not Daddy was always present to keep us in line. Where is the black male figure at today? Is Norristown have any programs out here for mentoring???
James Myers (Editor) December 22, 2012 at 04:20 PM
NPD is pretty good about cooperating with me. They were tied up with this investigation last night and I wasn't actually in town, which is why the info is a bit light. I'll be stopping by the station today to see if I can get an update.
Barbara C. December 22, 2012 at 07:01 PM
My opinion is DRUGS are the cause and the evil in this country. Not only is there an epidemic here in this country, but all over the world. And, we do need tighter gun control so these people can't get guns.
runningman23 December 23, 2012 at 12:56 AM
At the turn of the century (1900) it was perfectly legal to smoke opium in the U.S. Opium dens were a staple in lots of communities. When the Chinese were brought to America to build the railroads, they appeared to take jobs from white men and the U.S. devised a plan. Any Chinese caught with opium or in an opium den would be jailed. Forget the fact that white folks smoked it until they felt threatened by the Chinese workers. Cocaine was another drug widely used in lots of segments in society. But fear that the black man would ingest the drug and rape white women caused swift punishments for its users. Cocaine would then be considered illegal as it is still today. What better way to control ethnic populations when you fear them? Change the laws and make "their" punishment greater. Hence, the 1980's 100 to 1 crack sentencing guidelines. Between profiling, the unjust judicial system, privatization of prisons and Americas history it's amazing the hue-man survives.
Dwayne1 December 23, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Wow shots being fired all over the place in Norristown. What a pit hole.
Taylor Specer January 02, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Hell, you don't need a father figure to raise good black men in Norristown. Children need caring parents, period!! Kids are raising themselves. The adults in their lives do not hold them accountable. I have four sisters, all living in Norristown. We have raised a total of 6 boys. They are all college graduates, four with Master degrees. All are gainfully employed. None with a criminal record.

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