Shootout leaves 2 injured

January 08, 1998


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Two men were taken to Hershey Medical Center Thursday night for bullet wounds following a shootout in a West South Street house in an incident that was still being investigated at press time.

Police would not release the names of the victims, nor were their conditions available Thursday night.

Dozens of people were milling around the gray, two-story frame house at 61 W. South Street where the shooting occurred shortly after 7:30 p.m. None said they knew what happened or the identities of the injured men.

Yellow police tape was wrapped around the front of the house.

Detective Diane Kelso of the Borough of Chambersburg Police Department, the investigating officer, said preliminary information showed that the two men shot each other.


"We're not looking for a suspect at this time. All I know is that both victims are in the hospital and both are still alive," Kelso said.

The West South Street neighborhood where the shootings occurred has been the scene of criminal activity in recent years, said several neighbors who asked that their names not be used "for fear of retaliation."

"Some of us have gone to the Borough Council and to the police several times to complain about crime on this street. The police say they can't do nothing about it," said a man who lives on the street.

"It's getting terrible around here. I don't know where it's going to end. I raised three children on this street and all three have gone to college, but it's a lot different around here now," the man said.

A woman across the street also said the neighborhood used to be a nice place to live. "It's no longer like that," she said.

One block north of West South Street is West Catherine Street, the scene of the Oct. 6 fatal shooting of Charles D. Green, 22, of 18 W. Catherine St., according to court records. He died from a single gunshot wound to the chest while standing in front of his house, court records said.

Police charged Bryan K. Jefferson, 37, of 226 Harrison St., Harrisburg, Pa., in Green's killing. Jefferson's case was bound over to the Court of Common Pleas for trial following a hearing on Dec. 5. He is free on bond while awaiting trial, according to court records.

It was not the first time that Green was shot in that neighborhood. On July 20 he was standing in a crowd on West South Street when it was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting. He was hospitalized with wounds to the chest and wrist.

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