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Victims identified in Wilson double-shooting

Shane Waldon, Latek Smith shot while sitting on front porch.

Double shooting in Wilson

WILSON, Pa. - Police in Northampton County are investigating after a double shooting Sunday night.

Crews were dispatched to the 1500 block of Washington Street in Wilson around 5 p.m.  Sunday after police said a man shot two men and ran away.

Shane Waldon, 22, and Latek Smith, 22, both of New York, were sitting on the porch at 1505 Washington St. when the shooter approached them, according to officials.

Words were exchanged before the shooter fired at least four shots from a 9mm handgun, said Chief Steven Parkansky, Wilson police.

The shooter, yet to be identified, took off running. He was last seen entering the city of Easton, police said. Police could only describe the shooter as a black man.

Officials do not believe the shooting was random, though a motive remains unknown.

Both victims were taken to a nearby hospital. One of them is in critical, but stable condition; the other is in stable condition.

According to Parkansky, that home was recently raided for drugs after Easton police obtained a warrant.

Parkansy said detectives do not believe the victims were armed.

Nearby residents said they heard multiple shots before running outside to see what happened.

"I heard about four gunshots," Darcel Gibson said. "I thought it was my imagination. I ran to the window. I saw a young man running. It looked like he grabbed his back, blood was like running down his back."

Susan Counterman was inside her home reading a book when the gunfire erupted.

When she looked outside, she saw Smith in the back of a nearby alley, bleeding profusely from at least two bullet wounds.

"It's not the way we're supposed to live," Counterman said. "I'm not supposed to be spending my afternoon holding a young man who's bleeding to death. Why, Why is this happening?"

Counterman said she and another woman stuck by his side until emergency services arrived on scene.

"I just stayed with him, told him he was loved, and that God loves him and that things can change," she said.

Counterman said Smith was bleeding from his back and right shoulder, but was able to talk.

Parkansy said Waldon was found near the intersection of 16th and Washington streets. 

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Crisafulli at 610-258-8542 or the Northampton County Control Center at 610-759-2200.

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