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Wild Gunfire in Erie Leaves 3 in Custody, 2 Injured

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Two men are injured and three are in custody after wild gunfire erupts across the city on Saturday morning. The six separate shooting incidents within twenty-four hours have some Erie residents frustrated and worried.

The rash of gunfire started at 929 E. 5th St. Police suspect 25-year-old Tasha Pacely for shooting a man twice in the torso around 6am on Saturday. There's currently a warrant out for Pacely's arrest; she's a black female with shortdreadlockss. She was last seen in a tan Chrysler Concord, and was not a resident of the home where the incident happened.

The victim, a father, was transported to UPMC Hamot for emergency surgery and is now in stable condition.   

It's the latest shooting of many and it has leaves neighbors scared.

"I don't want to walk to school, sometimes I don't want to go to work. I'm so scared around the neighborhood," said Jessica Rhodes, a resident of the E. 5th St neighborhood.

"It's hard to deal with because there's people with families and you're scared to come outside," saidMarissaa Rhodes, Jessica's sister. "I mean, how many shootings in the past few days? It's getting kind of crazy."

Shortly before, at 5am, shots were fired at the ceiling  in  apartment at the Boston Store Place. Two people, Amy Lowe, 39, and Jonathan Steadman, 37, are in custody and charged with reckless endangering and possessing firearms without a licence.

Yet another shooting incident happened around 1:30am at E. 24th and Wayne St. Erie police arrested 22-year-old Jayvon Ollie nearby. He was charged with possessing a firearm as a felon, and gun was recovered from the scene.

Residents of the neighborhood say are worried but not surprised.

"A shooting in front of my house, a shooting down the street, shooting around the corner. So it doesn't matter, you know, if there's a shooting on the corner," said Patricia Carter, listing shooting cases that have happened outside her home near the intersection. "This used to be a nice, quiet neighborhood," she said.

The rash of shootings on Saturday started with an incident near W. 11th and Plum Streets. A 19-year-old male was shot in the leg around 1:10am and taken to UPMC Hamot. He's not cooperating with police.

All of the gun violence leaves residents feeling helpless and worried for their families.

"You can't really do anything about it. My kids are grown but I worry about my granddaughter," said Amos Dean, who lives near the W. 5th Street neighborhood.

"I'm very concerned about my family, especially the little ones," Carter said. "Because hey, bullets don't have a name to it."

Saturday's gun violence add up to six shooting incidents within 24 hours. Shots were also fired on the 1100 block of W. 23rd Street at 9pm on Friday, and on East Ave at 5pm on Friday.


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