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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