Easton police are investigating a fatal shooting on the city's South Side Friday evening.
Police cordoned off the 100 block of West St. Joseph Street, and had removed a body from a home there just after 9:30 p.m. Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek was on the scene, and has ruled the death a homicide, police said.
According to police, officers were called to the scene at 5:45 p.m. for the report of gunfire, and found the victim suffering from gunshot wounds.
Police are looking for two men connected to the shooting. They were seen running from the scene, heading "west on St. Joseph’s Street or south through the parking lot of neighboring businesses," a police news release said.
The men were both wearing dark clothing, one tall and thin, the other short. Police had no physical descriptions other than that they were possibly black males.
The shooting came just two hours before the 8 p.m. lighting of Easton's Peace Candle in Centre Square.
WFMZ reported that friends of the victim said he is a man known as Dje, who does disc jockey shows at local clubs.
Numerous people posted messages on his Facebook page Friday night.
"You would be the last I would've expected this to happen to," one of them read.
Several people gathered on the sidewalk along St. John Street to watch.
"It's sickening," said a woman walking her dog. "You don't feel safe anymore."
Police say the suspects knew the victim in this case. City police are investigating along with the coroner and Northampton County District Attorney.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Easton police detective division at 610-250-6637 or 610-759-2200.
This shooting was Easton's fourth homicide of the year. The other three were:
- In April, a man named Matthew Kelly, a 20-year-old Nazareth native, was shot and killed in the West Ward. His death is still under investigation.
- In early July, Easton resident William Thompson, 43, died after being stabbed several times on the 600 block of Ferry Street. Police have , with criminal homicide in Thompson's death.
- A few weeks after Thompson's death, West Ward resident George Jeter was shot and killed on South 14th Street. Naheem Adams, 20, has been charged in his death.