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Victim transported to hospital after being shot in Easton

Shooting in Easton

EASTON, Pa. - Easton residents are cleaning up after a wild shootout in the city's West Ward.  At least 35 rounds were fired, according to police, and an innocent bystander was shot in the leg.

It all happened just before 10 p.m. Friday night at Butler and Ninth streets, just a few blocks from the Northampton Co. Courthouse.

Jose Sanchez's hands are still bloody from getting shot in the leg.  He was sitting on his front porch when bullets started flying.

"They were shooting to the side," Sanchez said in Spanish.  "When I got shot, I just jumped to the porch, and I got down to the floor.  And after that, I don't remember much."

Easton Police are still looking for suspects.  Two groups began firing at each other; at least seven people were involved, according to Inspector Daniel Reagan.  In all, cops said at least 35 shots were fired.

"[Sanchez] saw some guy coming from this side and he shot seven times up [in] the air, and then they run over that way and then two other guys -- I mean, there was like 13 guys on this side and two guys on this side -- and then the shooting started going," said a friend of Sanchez's.

Neighbor Sy Lay's car got hit four times  His back windshield was shattered.  The man next door to him barely missed being hit when a bullet went through his front door.

"It's a matter of, like, six or seven seconds, it's like 20 bullets exchanged," said Lay.

One shot even hit Darlene Brewington's gas meter, causing a leak.

"My house could have blown up," she said.  "If [my neighbor] hadn't knocked on my door, I could have died in there."

Neighbors continued finding new bullets throughout the day.

"I don't get it.  Kids are the on the street all the time.  This is nothing but children, and it's upsetting," said neighbor Marie Apgar.  "I don't know -- maybe new people moving down on the block, because we've never seen this before."

Easton Police are releasing few details about the investigation.  Witnesses described one shooter as a black man with deadlocks, wearing a light-colored shirt and dark pants.  A second shooter was wearing a red shirt, according to Reagan.  Police did not offer a more detailed description.

Anyone with information can call Det. Leauber at 610-250-6780 or you can leave an anonymous tip at 610-250-6635.

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