UPDATE: Police Searching for Suspect Who Shot Two Teens Monday Night in Norristown

Police say the victims of the shooting have not identified their attacker.

UPDATE: [11/13/12; 2:45 p.m.] Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono said that police are continuing to investigate the shooting at Chain and West Oak streets Monday evening that sent two teens – an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old – to a Philadelphia-area hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.

"We had two teenagers shot, both in the buttocks," said Chief Bono. "They were both flown out to hospitals in Philadelphia. Everything I've gotten so far says that the injuries are not life threatening injuries."

Police have questioned the victims, but say they are not cooperating with the investigation.

"We believe they know who the assailant was," said Chief Bono. "But they, so far, have refused to identify him or them."

Police are currently searching for witnesses they believe may have information about the shooting.

"I guarantee you people know who the shooter is," said Chief Bono. "They make it very difficult, rather than just coming out and telling us who it is so we can go arrest them and get them off the street. My fear is that there will now be retaliation."

"It's been a problem in Norristown for years – lack of cooperation," Chief Bono continued. "We've worked very hard as a police department to try to gain cooperation and work with the community. These kids today are just of a different mindset."

Chief Bono said that currently, police have very little evidence to work from in the investigation. An earlier report that rounds were recovered from the scene were incorrect. Witnesses reported hearing five or six shots at the time of the incident, but no shell casings were recovered from the scene last night. Police had hoped to find more evidence in the daylight as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.


UPDATE: [11/13/12; 12:20 a.m.] According to The Times Herald, the two victims in Monday night's shooting at Chain and West Oak streets – an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old – were "known to police" for alleged prior incidents. The two were reportedly shot in the buttocks and their injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono. The two victims are reportedly not cooperating with police.

According to the Herald, Chief Bono described the suspect in the shooting as a black male wearing blue jeans and a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Authorities reportedly recovered multiple rounds form a semi-automatic weapon at the scene. 

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


UPDATE: [11/12/12; 8:45 p.m.] Police have confirmed that one adult and one juvenile have been injured in a shooting at Chain and West Oak Streets Monday night. Authorities are not releasing their identities at this time. Police say neither injury was life threatening to the victims.

Police and evidence technicians continue to scour the scene, which has been closed to traffic and cordoned off. Neighbors are lining the streets and tensions seem high. Police are still interviewing witnesses. No suspects have been identified.


UPDATE: [11/12/12; 8:22 p.m.] Authorities have cordoned off the area of West Oak Street at Chain Street in Norristown following a reported double-shooting on Monday night.

Reports from Breaking News Network indicated that two people had suffered multiple gunshot wounds on the 600 block of Chain St. and that two medical helicopters had been requested to the area.

The shooting was reported to 9-1-1 at about 7:12 p.m., according to an incident status page operated by the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety.

A reporter who visited the scene at about 8 p.m. observed a large crowd gathered outside the police cordon, some of them visibly upset.

We'll update this story with additional information when it's available.

gerhard sweetman November 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
"OLD DAYS solution" army or jail, or family move out. Army worked!
Concerned November 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Anybody read the newspaper? There's a trial going on right now for a murder in Norristown. Nothing gets done by the cops, huh? All you need is community members to stand up and say "enough", but instead they just complain about the cops and point the finger away from themselves.
Tyrone November 13, 2012 at 06:11 PM
That's why I stays outta Norristown. It be crazy all up in there, wit them shootin like cowboys. Hell wit eat shit.
OMG November 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Evidentally people been reading the newspaper and yes a trial is going on because unless it happens to your family is when you will speak up. Concerned you have communit members standing up and like the statement made earlier have you read it. Ok the comment still stands as is. I don't do crime so I'm not worried about the time and I don't have to point fingers when its clearly visible. Are you a concerned cop??
Thepatch November 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM
@concerned, they caught him because a criminal who got caught up in another case snitched on him, im not saying its a bad thing he got caught but it took another criminil telling the cops who the killer was for them to catch the killer. Just sayng
mary lou November 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM
The crazy part of it all is that everyone keeps saying f the police but as soon as something happens who do they call the police,,,Smh the no snatching ( snitching) go to school and get educated
Milky November 13, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I can't believe these comments I'm reading. The two kids that were shot are refusing to talk to the police and they know who shot them. Yet you sit there and type comments about the police have to rely on snitches?! Don't you see how crazy that is? Here's the truth. Many of you know who shot these kids, their names and where they live and why they were shot. News travels around the hood faster than anywhere else. Someone on Arch Street knows why someone got stabbed on Kohn street like 15 minutes after it happens. Everybody knows it's the truth. Nobody speaks up though. They are scared they'll be next, their family will be hurt, retaliation. The criminals know they're safe because nobody will speak up. So the crime continues. If for just one month straight, you would call the cops when you see dealers out, or tell the truth when the cops ask you about crimes, we could clean up this town. But it's all or nothing. It can't be half the town is in and half the town is out. Norristown can keep having meetings and rallies and all that stuff, but until people get serious and band together against the criminals, nothing is going to change. It sure as hell is not the cop's fault. Blame them all you want for being bad or lazy or racist or crooked, but they aren't selling the rock and pulling the trigger. If a community wants to change, the change has to come from the community.
s.nichols November 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
everybody wanna be a thug cause they think women like a thug then they reach 25 and realize how dumb they looked all those yrs .But some fall victem to the streets and cant tell the end of there story .cause they didnt reach 25 its a shame been there done that but without a gun only reason i bought one is cause of knuckle head ass young bucks that want to rob ppl .point black period u aint taken shit from me i will shoot u over my hard earned money @ chief bono u want someone to snitch then have them testify in court then get murdered walken out of court .or something happens to there family .@ The ppl who know whos doing it yall bitch cause ya man just got shot and u too bitch to do anything about it jail is worse than getting shot play ur cards right
Kelly Barbie Corrigan November 13, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Cthu @ all they do is protect lil mexico! ....yo u c they don't mess with the mexicans! N these mofoers got mad shit cmn over here makin mad money! They got whorehouses all over town! But the po-pos don't bother them! Then u have these lil girls hvn babies unmarried....baby daddys ain't around then they just wna hang out not gvn their kid no attention then these kids grow up fucked most of the time then norristown has nuthin but the pal for the kids to do! When I was growin up we had skatin rink movie theatre. Shoppin district dwn main st the library was fun place.....arcades @ the mall...n a lot of the kids joined town football and other sports....cheerleading for the girls! Man norristown is gone n never coming back...I remember I knew all my neighbors n wasn't scared to walk around my town! Damn shame man!
Kelly Barbie Corrigan November 13, 2012 at 09:25 PM
@ milky I love ur last comment...so frickin true! Real shit there!
Kelly Barbie Corrigan November 13, 2012 at 09:33 PM
@ s nicolas I don't understand the end of ur last comment I was liking it until the end.....first u say in other words its not cool to snitch cuz of retaliation the u say the folks who know ain't doin shit like they better tell! Cmon man this ain't snitchin on who stole from macys...this is a shooting that cld hve killed two people! U shoot me n I live I'm telling the man who did it! Frick that! N if I retailiate I am just ruining my life my familys life n the the familys lives of who I shot n I wld hve to live with takin someones life for the rest of my life! Hell no!
gerhard sweetman November 13, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Choice A. snich B. Criminal gangs/mob C. I like police choice D. Coward?
Alarmed November 14, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It's a real shame people put a racial slant on their comments. There are a multitude of contributing factors to these shootings. 1. Kids illegally obtaining handguns and settling scores by means of murder, having a total disregard for human life 2. Parents not giving a hoot what their kids are doing. 3. Drug sale terrority disputes. 4. Social status of the hood. 5. A deteriorating town. 6. Undermanned Police department in a highly tax burdened town. 7. Occasional home invasion and robbery
Linda November 14, 2012 at 02:10 AM
It really is time to be moving.! We can't no longer live this way with bullets flying around the West Side. there have been at least a half dozen shootings around here in last couple months. No one in there right mine wants to move here, so we are just getting hudlooms from Philly moving in. We live in fear and lock ourselves in the house. Our life not to good here. Norristown a bad place!
Mrs Fleming November 14, 2012 at 03:14 AM
The Police need to get more agressive with the individuals or groups who deal drugs. It is so obvious when driving down the street who is selling and buying. It can't be made easy for these dealers to do business in Norristown. Also, the gangs have to be broken down. These gangs taken on street names is ridiculous. A curfew needs to be strictly enforced. Our leaders are failing us and not keeping the town safe. May God have mercy on those of us who live in Norristown.
Rosa Parks November 14, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Yes b/c the Mexicans are paying them & they are all in this war together unlike us blacks, the GOAL is to just let our black ppl kill each other off, I wish all could see this & change!!!
Rosa Parks November 14, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Totally agree with all of your points, especially #2, I have personally seen young children out past curfews, going to these house parties hosted by teens themselves, where are the parents, it definitly starts at home. It took the cake for me when I saw two teenage boys pull out guns and kick in a neighbors front door, I called the cops then and will continue to whenever I see this type of behavior.
commonsense November 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
I cannot believe that grown ass men and women are on this website blaming the police for this failed town. Bad behavior begins and should end AT HOME! The problem is NOT the police, it's the lazy ass parents who don't want to be parents. If I knew that my son or daughter had information on a shooting in ANY neighborhood, I would drag their little ass down to the police station by their ear and beat their ass in front of the police if they refused to give up the info. PARENTS need to do their job. The police can't solve a crime if they themselves didn't witness the crime...duh! How the hell can they solve any crime when they have a neighborhood full of punks with no backbone. if I find out ANYTHING about this shooting, I'm on the first thing smokin to the Norristown police dept., I'm tellin everything!
Mizz Paula's Twin November 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
We are doomed
OMG November 16, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Good for you because I'm not dragging mine anywhere, especially if they had nothing to do with it. When you try to be a "good citizen" and do right they f--- you and next thing you know they trying to play you like you did it. Learned from that experience and will never let them know again. The police don't solve shit cause they too ignorant (certain one's) and just like you feel the police didn't witness shit, neither did your child so don't put him thru hearsay shit with them because you don't know what you will be getting yourself in or your child, but I feel like you that I myself will tell because I'm getting tired of these non-fighting punks who just don't care about human life.
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:00 PM
That's right..."the cops ain't shit"...they're the ones who make these little shitbags run around the streets shooting eachother. Oh wait, it's probably the parents, or lack thereof who have no supervision or control of their kids. The cops can't be everywhere...maybe the little dirtballs should grow the hell up. These kids watch their parent doing this stuff & what else do they know!? They don't stand a chance! How bout the CRIMINALS should be held accountable for THEIR actions & stop blaming the cops. Js.
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Good for u! Everyone wants to complain the cops don't solve anything, but the ones complaining are the same ones who "won't snitch". Stop bitching if ur gonna just stand around & watch it happen!!!
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:08 PM
The ignorance here is entertaining....don't talk if you don't know what you're talking about! The cops can't be everywhere when they have to deal with all the bs going on in town continuously!
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It's true...everyone wants to complain but no one wants to do anything. They act all tough on here but don't have the balls to speak up. Step up or shut up!
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:11 PM
It has nothing to do with the detectives not liking the victim...they can't move forward when the "victim" doesn't cooperate.
Hood gremlin November 16, 2012 at 07:14 PM
GetItTogether November 18, 2012 at 06:00 AM
I love how most of the people leaving comments are completely uneducated and illiterate. These same people are contradicting themselves more than night and day. "dont snach", "speak up and do something"..I grew up believing I should never tell, but wait til it's your mother, father, brother, sister, or kid getting shot and killed. Or better yet when you're the one facing life in prison and you won't "snitch"..Then you can spend the rest of your life behind bars around a bunch of dudes(or women in a females case) away from your loved ones and you can pat yourself on the back because you "didnt snitch"..i spent a year of my life in a jail cell because I had that mentallity when I was 19, for a crime I didnt commit, but i'm "no snitch"..Time to grow up and be adults people...
commonsense November 19, 2012 at 10:33 AM
@GetItTogether, well spoken.
diamondgirl November 19, 2012 at 09:42 PM
@omg funny how on this post your screaming about people not stepping up and speaking out when on the post about a man being attacked you were saying that you wouldnt allow your child to speak out about it.....hmm speaks volumes
Sharon McKeeman Himes December 12, 2012 at 02:28 AM
If people want to help themselves then they could send a letter and mail in the names of the perps. That way the cops get the tips and they dont have to tell their identity.


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