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Neighbors react to arrest of Allentown shooting suspect

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police say Antwan Washington came home, darted upstairs, grabbed a gun and started firing at three people.

Neighbors say the three victims were making dinner when they were shot.

Signs of grief remain, but tensions have eased in the 500 Block of Harrison Street.

Alleged killer Antwan Washington is off the streets and behind bars.

"Everyone here feels more safe and everything," said neighbor Chris Vincent. 

The 36-year-old turned himself in Thursday, two days after he allegedly opened fire on three people: his 31-year-old girlfriend, a 19-year-old man, and 16-year-old Carolina Monsanto.

69 News has learned the 16-year-old girl was hit more than a dozen times.

The teen girl was the only one not to survive.

"Trying to relieve the young girl, but it was impossible. She was already gone," said Vincent. 

Vincent said Carolina was dating the 19-year-old man who was shot.

"The one victim got shot in the leg, he was screaming hysterically because his girlfriend got shot, the 16 year old, but the thing is, we didn't know she was 16 years old," Vincent said. 

They thought she was 20.

The teens were apparently friends with Washington and his girlfriend and sometimes hung out at the home.

Vincent recalls Washington being away for a few weeks before returning to the community Sunday, two days before the shooting.

But overall, Vincent said there were no hints of trouble between the couple or the group of friends.

"That's what's so shocking to me. He didn't show any like domestic stuff or like anger issues or anything like that. He wasn't like a violent person, that's what I saw, but when this happened, kind of changed my mind abut him," said Vincent. 

There's still no word as to what police believe led Washington to go off.

A memorial service for Monsanto is scheduled later this month. Monsanto's cousin started a Go Fund Me page to raise funds for Monsanto's funeral. 

 


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