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Man seriously injured by gunfire in Bethlehem

Shooting may have been gang-related, police say

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Police in Bethlehem are investigating a shooting that sent one man to the hospital.

It happened just before 11 p.m. Thursday in the 500 block of Cherokee Street.

Police said the victim was shot multiple times in the torso and underwent surgery Thursday night. He was last reported to be in intensive care at St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, Lehigh County.

According to a roommate of the victim, he's a 26-year-old man. Police have not released his identity

Authorities said they got several calls late Thursday night for reports of a man with multiple gunshot wounds.

Bethlehem police Chief Mark DiLuzio said there was a party at the home where the shooting occurred, and it started as a fight between the victim and the shooter.

At least 20 people were inside the home when the shots were fired. Police do not know whether the victim lives at the home or if he was guest.

"We're looking at the possibility that this was two individuals from two separate gangs that had a beef over a female," DiLuzio said. "So it is not a random act of violence."

Shortly after the shooting, the shooter fled the scene. So far, no arrests have been made.

Police are still interviewing witnesses and ask anyone with information to call detectives at 610-865-7187.

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