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Neighbors in Easton react to recent shooting

Neighbors in Easton react to recent shooting

EASTON, Pa. - Easton Police say gunshots rang out early Saturday morning just two blocks from a brazen daylight shooting less than 24 hours earlier. Both incidents happened in the city's troubled West Ward.

Police said someone fired several shots near Ninth and Ferry streets just after 2:30 a.m. No one was hit. Witnesses reported seeing two black men running toward Mulberry Street. One was wearing a white t-shirt and the other wearing a grey shirt, according to Easton Police Inspector Daniel Reagan.

Friday, a shooting occurred in the 900 block of Spruce Street, according to police. Ricardo Mendez-Acevedo was arrested for that shooting late Saturday night by Allentown Police, authorities said. Mendez-Acevedo was charged with attempted homicide and taken to Northampton County Prison where he's being held on $100,000 bail, according to police.

Saturday morning's incident rattled an already shaken neighborhood. A teenage suspect is still on the loose, accused of shooting a man in the head in the 300 block of Spruce Street. The shooting happened near a group of children playing in the street.

"I see this guy come out with a rag on his head saying he'd been hit," said Lance Wheeler, a state constable who rushed to the victim's aid. "When he said he's been hit, I didn't know he'd been hit with what."

Wheeler also heard Saturday's morning's gunfire. He estimated someone fired about seven shots on Ferry Street.

"I looked down east of Spruce Street," said Wheeler. "I saw two males run through Mulberry Street, up the hill."

Wheeler is trying to organize his neighbors to act, but said it's an uphill battle with so many absentee landlords and so little ability for the city to crack down on them.

"If you have a vacant property and it might be one or two on your block, and the city doesn't come to it, doesn't mean that you can't continue to call City Hall," he said.

If you know anything about the shooting, Easton Police are asking you to call Det. Darren Snyder at 610-250-6637. Anyone with information about Saturday morning's gunfire can call Det. Leaubner at 610-250-6780. Callers can also leave anonymous information on the Easton Police tipline, 610-250-6796.

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