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Teenager in custody for shooting in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Police say a 17 year-old Allentown boy will be charged as an adult in the shooting of a 59 year-old man.

Police responded to the 300 block of Ridge Avenue at 3:46 p.m. Thursday for a report of a shooting, according to Captain Bill Lake with the Allentown Police Department.

When officers arrived, they found the 59 year-old Allentown man in the street in front of the Ridge Avenue Laundromat. He had been shot multiple times.

Initial reports were that the victim had been shot once in the arm and once in the chest.

"It would appear as though, from the evidence at the scene, that at least preliminarily that it did occur in the laundromat," Lake told 69 News at the scene. Someone was later seen cleaning blood from inside the laundromat.

Witnesses told 69 News an altercation that began outside moved into the laundromat.

"With the help of citizens here in the area, we were able to identify a suspect and that individual is a 17 year-old male juvenile and he was subsequently taken into custody," said Lake. He said the teenager was found within about ten minutes in the 100 block of West Gordon Street.

Lake said the teen will be charged as an adult and will be charged with attempted homicide and firearm related charges.

The victim was treated and released from the hospital, said Lake.

Many neighbors in the area didn't seem surprised by the violence but some were certainly upset.

"I thought it was fireworks or something like that. I didn't know it was gunshots," said one person.

"We see that every day, almost every day," said another man.

"You can't even have your kids come out in front of their own house," said Terrie Morgan. "It's getting where they're coming out in the daylight."

Morgan added, "I've heard a lot of gunshots during the night, during the day and I just don't come out."

The alleged shooter's name has not been released.

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