UPDATE: Police: Victim 'Not Cooperating' in Drive-By Shooting Investigation

At least one man in his early 20s is reportedly injured and has been flown by medevac to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound.

UPDATE: [1/4/13; 9:15 a.m.] Authorities are investigating a drive-by shooting in the area of West Oak and Kohn streets in Norristown Thursday night that sent one man to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his stomach area, but say the victim is not cooperating with their investigation.

"[The victim] is not cooperating," said Corporal Adam Schurr, a detective with the Norristown Police Department. "He refused to give any information to police on the scene."

Cpl. Schurr added that the investigation into last night's shooting, like others in recent weeks, is hampered by a lack of witnesses willing to talk about what they saw.

"There were people out there who wouldn't talk to the police," said Cpl. Schurr. "They just wouldn't talk to police. We don't have any information at this point."

Cpl. Schurr couldn't comment on whether authorities believe Thursday night's shooting is related to other recent shootings in Norristown.

The victim is reportedly still hospitalized, though his current condition is still unknown. Detectives plan to interview the victim further as soon as they are able.

Police say they have no suspects at this time.

Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.


UPDATE: [1/3/13; 10:55 p.m.] According to The Times Herald, the victim of tonight's shooting had recently been released from prison and was walking or standing with three others when he was shot in the midsection by an unidentified suspect or suspects who drove up in a car.

Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono told the Herald that the victim was not being cooperative at the scene but detectives would continue to interview him at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he was taken. His injuries are believed to be non life-threatening. 

Chief Bono could not comment on whether the incident might be related to other recent shootings in Norristown, but told the Herald that detectives would, "certainly look into that possibility." 

According to Chief Bono, witnesses reported hearing the shots, but no one has come forward with any eyewitness accounts.

Read more of The Times Herald's account of the shooting here.


Original story:

Multiple sources are reporting a drive by shooting Thursday evening in the area of West Oak and Kohn Streets.

Initial reports came in shortly after 8 p.m. that police were on the scene with a male victim in his early 20s suffering from a gunshot wound to his side. 

According to The Times Herald's Twitter feed, the victim reported he was walking in the area and someone shot him. More than one vehicle may reportedly be involved in the incident. The Herald also reported that three males were seen running east on Oak Street following the incident.

According to the Breaking News Network, the victim was flown by medevac to a hospital for treatment of his wounds.

Norristown Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Eve January 04, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Yea, it was better when it was run by the Mafia. They weren't killed in the streets, they just disappeared. Well, at least their front businesses are legal now. Oh, and blacks couldn't eat at Woolworths on Main Street and had to sit in the balcony at the movie theater. Well, at least we had movie theaters then. Yes and all the factories!!! Do you remember? Norristown, Bridgeport, Conshohocken & W. Consho ... THERE WERE JOBS THEN!
Bendiron January 04, 2013 at 02:58 PM
The problem we are having is not a white or black issue, its a community issue. Norristown is melting pot and all races are almost equally represented. The community has to do there part and assist the Police department, not the"Black Cop" or " White Cop" The Police! Positive energy gets positive results.
OMG January 04, 2013 at 03:41 PM
Update, once again the victim is not cooperating as in the other shooting with that victim not cooperating. No cooperation means RETALIATION and if they don't want to cooperate then they need to automatically be locked up until they want to cooperate. People need to tell what they see but at the same time when they tell what they see it often gets ignored because the detectives on these shooting cases are full of shit and they want it to be a certain person whom they want to just take off the streets. Nobody tells because they know how ignorant they are, they don't protect you because they don't give 2 ducks about you and they tell the suspect that you told them just to make it worse. FBI needs to come in and investigate these shootings, suspects and those damn detectives on ALL of these unsolved shootings dating back to how long certain detectives been on the cases. They need to see why these cases were solved but these certain one's weren't and they need to talk to the vistim's families to see what if any the outcome was.
Spud January 04, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Some of the comments on here are absurd. The cops don't care? Black people are slaves here? You can't be serious. 1- The cops are the ones RISKING THEIR LIVES to try and stop these black kids from being killed. They respond to calls knowing that at any second they will be shot and killed themselves. And for what? For a bunch of people who won't even offer up any information about who, what, where and why. If those involved won't talk, how is that the cops fault?! 2- Everyone upset that the cops aren't doing enough..what do you want them to do? Yeah, they know the problem areas, but other than driving up and down have making themselves seen, there isnt anything else they can do without EVIDENCE and WITNESSES which no one wants to provide. So unless you want them to begin racially profiling people, frisking folks just for being in a "bad part of town", or pulling you over because you "look suspicious", then there isn't much else they can do without your cooperation.
Cracking up January 04, 2013 at 04:03 PM
say what
Cracking up January 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Cops dont care huh??? Why dont you people just accept the fact that the black on black crime is the problem, not the cops. Take responsability in being a black person and say enough is enough. No you would rather blame cops and say that they are trying to turn Norristonw white again. That is the dumbest thing i ever heard..but i see where its coming from and i just shake my head. Stand up for your community and stop blaming cops and official who actually wake up and go to work. I am not a racist but I am very predjudice when it comes to thug scum who do this to their neighborhood. I am also predjudce to the people who blame others instead of the thugs who are causing all the problems. Now to answer your statement about trying to turn norristown white again, i can assure you people would sleep peacful at night if that was the case. No shootings, slinging drugs, walking around pants to the ground without a single ounce of respect! Stop blaming everyone else and take a look at your own race, its out of control!!!!!!!
Cracking up January 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Another thing as far as wanting the police to do more. When they try to do more they get accused of racial profiling. If nobody wants to cooperate how the F&#k do you expect them to get anywhere. Then when they stop young black teens for nothing its profiling. The responsability lies with you the people of norristown.
Jippers January 04, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Clearly allt hese shootings are related..IF you go back two years, even wiht articles fomr the TH, you'll see that Ryan Ladosn Singleton was one of the initlal suspects when Kyree Wells was shot two years ago!! This is an ongoing thing. Gotta lock up all those involved in this ongoing battle!!
OMG January 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Spud if you are referring to my comment I CLEARLY SAID THE DETECTIVES WHO HANDLES THESE SHOOTING CASES". IT IS A DIFFERENCE IN COPS AND DETECTIVES. Cops are wo you call to come to the crime and the detectives are the one's who investigate. Most of these cops are new and I have nothing against them. Only a couple want to act like assholes. Have you ever heard of some people really may not know who or what the hell is going on. Yes, we all talk about what's roaming around on the streets and I'm sure they hear the same thing. It goes deeper and farther than Norristown and nobody knows. They just need to make these inmates that just come home from jail explain what's going on.
OMG January 04, 2013 at 04:48 PM
OMG January 04, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Lol funny.
OMG January 04, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Bhrenda say it how it is. Norristown definitely has become I'd say West philly or even Chester. Right in between.
jxjipper January 04, 2013 at 05:16 PM
Eve, If one group of people votes 98% for someone just because of 50% of that person's skin is the same, who are the racists?
anonymous January 04, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Rabbi Reuben January 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
There is a council meeting on Monday, correct? I've never been to one before, do you think this is worth attending? Who else plans to go?
Eve January 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
100% of that person's skin is the same as mine. If you didn't know his heritage you would not have assumed he was half African American and Half White. He is Black to Whites when he is wrong, and White to Whites when he is right. (That may be the same the other way around - ha ha). Perhaps for some young black kid that has been sheltered all his/her life, you might have a point. The African Americans who have actually lived, raised children, listened to stories of our family, read books, researched, and experienced hate and racism first hand, it is not racist to have voted for President Obama. It is an educated choice. A freaking no-brainer. We already know what you think of us. I know how you think, jipper, just from this forum, unless you were appointed to incite and excite. I damn sure wouldn't vote for you. So, I must work now.
Rabbi Reuben January 04, 2013 at 06:45 PM
There is a council meeting on Monday, correct? I've never been to one before, do you think this is worth attending? Who else plans to go?
Trs80 January 04, 2013 at 07:39 PM
It doesn't matter who is shooting or at who, but the bottom line is gives our community bad press and puts a real hurting on our property values. Norristown is no longer safe and continues to decline with no end in sight. A special team of agents need to come in and clean house. The West End is the new six gun territory! All I can say is apply for a license to carry! My home was appraised 2 months ago for 20 percent under what I paid for it a couple years ago.
TheTruth543 January 04, 2013 at 08:29 PM
jxjipper, Why is it that white people assume that black people voted for Obama just because he's black. If we were to follow that logic we could assume that all of the white people that have ever voted against President Obama, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton during their presidential runs are racist also. Why is it that everytime one non-white person does something wrong their entire race/religion gets charged for it? But, the Oklahoma City bomber was white, the Atlanta Olympics bomber was white, over 80% of serial killers are white, and majority of violent crimes are commited by white people. Muslims aren't the biggest groups of terrorist in the world white poeple are. White people have taught the world to solve their issues with violence. They have been doing the same thing since colonization, "beleive in what we beleive in or we'll kill you!"
jxjipper January 04, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Why else did you vote for him if it wasn't the color? What has he done except unemployed more blacks than any other president. He's now going to give Mexicans a more or less blanket amnesty leaving your friends and families further behind than they were. If the whites make up 80% of the population we'd better hope they are committing more crimes overall than are blacks. Per Capita you are so dead wrong you'd better go to the legalized pot sections and support it for mind enrichment.
patchsux January 04, 2013 at 09:39 PM
willie richet has done a lot for norristown, and he is a very good man but not qualified to be the chief of police thats why it is taking council so long many people wanted willie but qualifications are required
patchsux January 04, 2013 at 09:45 PM
crime and section 8 housing go hand in hand. what town has more section 8 then norristown?? NONE ! when you dont have to go to work to pay the rent or buy food and its all given to you what really are the expectations of some of these people. if we do away with section 8 housing crime would plummet.
John Q. Public January 04, 2013 at 09:54 PM
End government benefits for all able-bodied under 65, and Norristown's problems will be solved in a year. The criminal element will move out when the money dries up, leaving the working and independent class, of all races, to thrive. Norristown's problems have NOTHING to do with race, and everything to do with government benefits.
TheTruth543 January 07, 2013 at 04:36 PM
I voted for him because he was the best choice out there. He was handed a bag of rotten lemons and some how managed to make lemonade. In 2008 I was leaning towards McCain until his running mate started sounding like a nut job and he supported her nut job ideals and veiws. This past election I supported Obama because I think he did as good and possibly better than anyone else would have done given the circumstances. Even if I didn't like Obama, the Republicans, once again, failed to give the country an alternative. My friends and family are doing fine. You must forget that the employment and housing market started it's decline in 2008 well before Obama was elected. He spent the past 4 years bringing both of them back amongst other things. I have no problem with giving amnesty to Mexicans that are working and/or going to school here. We are a country of immigrants that tell the world "hey, we have the greatest country in the world where the sky is the limit!!" Why wouldn't people want to get here however possible to give their family a better future? If not for this countries open door policy you could be one of those Mexicans trying to get here while some jerk is saying "go back to where you came from." The only way white people are 80% of this country is if you consider hispanic people to be white.
gerhard sweetman January 11, 2013 at 12:01 AM
Senior citizens on housing vouchers, should we take up crime? Criminals & their families should be forced to move out of town
Mickey Jay January 11, 2013 at 03:39 AM
For your information Gene is retiring the following yr, so it doesnt make since to have him step into that position just for the council to go on the hunt again for a replacentment. Better yet go ask him before you decide to say that the Brotha isn't qualified for the position. And Gene is a Nam Veteran eh knows how to get the job done.
Mickey Jay January 11, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Stop the madness, and stop blaming the police. Blame your sorry asses because some of the trouble is done by our kids. We know who's doing this dumb shit but because of retaliation we're silent and want to blame someone else. Take our homes back, life back, stop looking the other way. The only Problem the NPD has is, that they don't require the officers to reside in N-Town. Years ago when we had a Mayor that was one of the policies so you knew the Police and they had a feel for the community, plus you parents went to school with them and you played with their kids. And children didn't play with Guns and they had a healthy respect for the Police and this town. This was suppose to be the Best Kept Secert. I remember that slogan. My how the time do change, and so should we keep up or get krushed by some of these pants below the ass no skill no respect can't read or fill out an application to get a Job dope smoking gun carring Maggots that roam norristown.
Mickey Jay January 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Eve I was going to address jxjipper, but sista you hitted a homerun with your comment. What many fail to realize is, when there was only white men to vote for and we voted for the lesser of the two evils, no one was called a racist on either side. Now with the POTUS being black and most black folks voted for him the whiteman has a problem, well they need to get over it another 4 yrs for the brotha. He was the only clear choice this time around.
Durable January 12, 2013 at 04:44 AM
@Mickey Jay. You are wrong, Richet and Bono are retiring the exact same time. They both entered DROP together. How does being a Nam vet make you qualified to be a police Chief? Being the Chief is a whole lot more than knowing how to shoot a gun.
Mickey Jay January 13, 2013 at 04:29 AM
@Durable, I don't need you to point out my short coming about information I comment on. It's seems you don't have a clue about what being in the Military and working under pressure is all about. Gene service record means a whole lot to me, that in its self make him qualifies plus his time as a Ranking Police Officer. My point still stands!! Like it or not the Brother has what it take to be Chief in this sorry ass town. Oh BTW being in the service is more than shooting a Weapon which is never in any Branch of service is ever called a damn Gun.


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