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Saturday's Multiple Shots Fired Incidents Actually One Incident

Police say the three separate incidents of shots fired on Saturday night in Norristown were actually all attributable to one incident at Violet and Moore streets.

Norristown Police Chief Russell Bono confirmed that three separate shots fired incidents reported by Norristown Patch on Saturday evening, Jan. 5, were actually only one incident in the 400 block of Moore Street.

Norristown Patch received the first reports of a shots fired incident shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Saturday from several residents who identified East Oak and Arch as the possible location. While on the way to the scene, Patch was alerted to what was referred to as a second shooting incident in the area of Violet and Moore streets sometime around 5:30 p.m. On the scene at Violet and Moore, police and residents alerted Patch to another investigation underway at Oak and Smith streets, which was reportedly called in within minutes of the Violet and Moore streets incident. 

Authorities later mistakenly confirmed that evidence was collected from a shots fired incident at Arch and Smith streets, which corroborated earlier, incorrect reporting. That evidence was actually collected from the scene of the Violet and Moore streets incident.

It now appears that all three reported incidents were actually residents reporting the same incident at Violet and Moore streets from different perspectives.

"After reading the article in the Patch and looking into the allegations of three separate shooting incidents, we were able to determine that there was only one," said Chief Bono. "That was at Moore and Violet."

"Although the other calls were legitimate, they were mistaken and we believe just people hearing the gunshots from different locations," continued Chief Bono.

Police are still investigating the incident and could not comment on whether Saturday's incident is connected in any way with other recent shooting incidents in the last few weeks.

"We look into that," said Chief Bono. "That's part of the ongoing investigation. We're certainly concerned about all the shootings that are going on currently in town and we're doing as much as we can to identify and arrest those responsible."

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James Myers (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I feel compelled to apologize to any readers or residents who may have been alarmed and upset by the multiple reports coming in that were reported on Saturday. I'm upset too. Much of my job in these situations is reacting to news as it comes in and at the time this was happening, multiple sources (including some authorities) were confirming information that turned out to be mistaken. I made a choice to report news I felt was accurate at the time rather than wait for official confirmation at a later time. My choice to report resulted in my readers getting unclear and incorrect information, and for that I am truly sorry. In the future, I will make every effort to keep something like this from happening again. If you have any concerns or complaints, feel free to contact me directly at james.myers@patch.com. Thank you for your continued participation in Norristown Patch.
RZRO January 07, 2013 at 11:49 PM
Jim, no reason to apologize! We, the residents of Norristown, appreciate you keeping the public so well-informed!
patchsux January 08, 2013 at 01:13 AM
no problem! with the amount of section 8 housing that will keep crime high (statistical fact) this will always be a good read
Greg January 08, 2013 at 01:24 AM
Jim, thanks for being the only viable and up to the minute news of Norristown! Keep up the good work!
Sasha Buddle January 08, 2013 at 02:27 AM
There is no way there wasn't a shooting a smith and arch. I was walking across the street and heard it... But thanks, I love your updates
jxjipper January 08, 2013 at 02:46 AM
If it wasn't for the Patch nobody would think anything was wrong in Norrisguntown half the time. Use the T-Herald for parakeets and to train a dog, not for newz.
John Q. Public January 08, 2013 at 07:03 PM
I much prefer aggressive reporting, and occasional retractions, than the passive fluff oozing from non-Patch outlets. Keep it up.

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