BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Pennsylvania state police are investigating a series of shootings in Lehigh County.
The suspect or suspects appear to be shooting randomly, and several homes have been struck in Weisenberg, Heidelberg and Lowhill townships, according to a state police news release.
Investigators know people in northern Lehigh County are on edge, and they are working hard to catch whoever is responsible for causing fear in their neighborhoods.
"We're looking at it as a random act. Fortunately no one has been injured in these acts, however people have been shooting at houses," said Trooper Nathan Branosky.
So far, there have been six drive-by shootings since early April. The first two were in Weisenberg Township, the next in Heidelberg Township. There was another one in May in Lowhill Township, another in Heidelberg Township and once again in Weisenberg Township.
"It's a different weapon that they are utilizing. So the investigation is continuing on how many weapons that they are using, but they are using different weapons in these drive-by shootings," Trooper Branosky said.
Investigators say the latest shooting on Monday was with a 9mm handgun. The homeowner declined to go on camera, but did allow 69 News to see the damage to his home.
There were two shots, one through the garage window, and the other through the dining room window. The bullet also passed through two walls, and shattered part of a chandelier.
The homeowner says if it would have taken place two minutes earlier, he would have been hit, because he was standing at the kitchen light switch.
Police say they are working hard to catch the person before someone gets hurt.
"We really don't know yet...the reasoning behind it right now. Does it have something to do with people being home, we just don't know yet. Our investigation is going to lead us into why they are doing this. But we are certainly going to find out who did this and bring them to justice," Branosky said.
Pennsylvania State Police are asking residents in the area to be vigilant and contact 911 immediately if they observe suspicious activity.
Police are asking anyone with any information regarding the incidents to call either the Fogelsville barracks at 610-395-1438 or Bethlehem barracks at 610-861-2026.