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Police: West Hazleton man was high when he fired wildly, shot sister in apartment

WEST HAZLETON, Pa. - Police in West Hazleton arrested a man they say shot a family member while he was drunk and high on drugs.

Police say they were called to an apartment on North Broad Street around 7 p.m. Monday night for a report of gunshots.

When officers got to the scene, they found a woman with gunshot wounds and a man, Tauriq Qayyum, armed inside the apartment.

Investigators say Qayyum, 30, was drinking and ingesting cocaine and mushrooms when he began hallucinating.

He grabbed a revolver and began wildly firing shots at imagined intruders, police said.

One of the shots hit his sister in the chest and abdomen, and others hit several nearby apartment doors, officials said. Investigators did not comment on the extent of the woman's injuries.

Qayyum was taken into custody at the scene.

He is facing a number of charges, including aggravated assault. He was taken to the Luzerne County Prison where he will be arraigned.

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