Easton Police Investigate West Ward Shooting

Man shot on 13th Street in Easton Thursday night, police say.

A man was shot in Easton's West Ward Thursday night, according to .

Police say the shooting happened around 9:30 p.m. near 13th and Washington streets, where officers found a man who had been shot.

According to a police news release, the man's injuries did not appear life-threatening. He was taken to a hospital, but police are not releasing which one or identifying the victim.

Police say the suspected shooter is a black male, around 5-feet-10, wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt at the time of the shooting. He may have gotten away in a gray sedan. 

Anyone with information is askeed to call Det. Darren Snyder at 610-250-6637.

Thursday's shooting was the latest in a series of violent incidents in the neighborhood. Among the cases:

  • On Dec. 19 of last year,  in the same intersection as the shooting Thursday. Three days before that, another man had been shot about a block away.
  • In February, a man was during an argument at Louie's Bar at 1031 Butler St.
  • On April 1, a Bethlehem man in the 1100 block of Lehigh Street. The Northampton County grand jury is investigating that case.
bill frome June 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Theres been more shootings this year than last year and we are only half way thru this year. How can the mayor say crime is down??? Maybe its because he told the police to turn a blind eye to fudge the statistics.
Dennis R. Lieb June 08, 2012 at 07:16 PM
The problem isn't fudged statistics, but a reporting process that is inherently misleading. Statistics underestimate the situation by the way they define criminal activity. When we're willing to recognize this and act on it, things will change dramatically. Until then, don't put much stock in crime statistics. The mayor isn't a cop. He depends on his chief to be the crime prevention expert. I'd contend that most mayors don't want to know too much about that process. This isn't a a slight towards mayors - I believe almost all mayors feel the same way. Police work is specialized. Elected officials would rather "leave it to the experts" freeing themselves for more pleasant pursuits like economic development. Our problem has always been an unwillingness to push back against a status quo (police procedures, incarceration, lack of rehab, neighborhood conditions) that contributes to unreported crime and high recidivism, drains our budgets and depletes our civic spirit. Its hard to publicly push back against current procedure, reporting standards and prison norms without being labeled anti-police. Fear of association with the wrong side of the "anti-crime" agenda frustrates citizen efforts to alleviate the conditions that require more police. Unfortunately, what is supposed to be a public good (policing and the legal system surrounding it) has been so isolated from public scrutiny and reform that we can't bring ourselves to talk honestly about it, let alone change it.


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