POTTSTOWN PA – Two individuals – a male and female, neither of whom were identified by name, age, or residence – were victims of gunshot wounds in separate, but what Pottstown police indicated may be related, shootings that occurred Wednesday (July 5, 2017) shortly after 8:30 p.m. in the area of 447 Chestnut St., police department Capt. Robert R. Thomas said in a statement.
Neither of the injuries were considered life-threatening. Both persons were transported by Goodwill Ambulance to a Reading area hospital, he said.
Because there were two separate areas with “a concentration of ballistic evidence,” at each of which “multiple casings were located,” Thomas reported, “the scene in the area of 447 Chestnut St. was blocked off for processing.” Patrol officers from surrounding Lower Pottsgrove, West Pottsgrove, New Hanover and Limerick townships responded to Pottstown’s call to help secure the area, he added.
An investigation of the double-shooting continued for several hours into Wednesday night. Police have not yet offered a possible motive, and the captain’s statement did not mention if suspects had been identified.
Police received a Montgomery County dispatchers‘ call for the report of a shooting at 8:33 p.m., Thomas said. They arrived to initially find the woman struck by a bullet in the lower body, on what was reported as the north side of Chestnut Street. It is a primarily residential neighborhood, intersected by North Washington Street, and only a short distance from the orange-roofed picnic tables and playground at Chestnut Street Park.
Police were then directed a block west of the first scene to locate a second victim, the man, who appeared to have been struck twice by gunfire, according to Thomas.
Anyone with information in regard to this shooting is asked to call the Pottstown Police Detective Division at 610-970-6570.
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