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March 6, 2014

Shots ring out again

4th time in 3 weeks; 2 suspects caught, 3 escape

FARRELL — Shots rang out early Wednesday morning in the 1300 block of Farrell Terrace for the fourth time in three weeks.

“I want to know, what’s the draw?” Riley Smoot, Southwest Mercer County Regional police chief, said about the area in Farrell. “These are innocent people. People who are not bothering anyone.”

Residents at 1120 Roemer Blvd. were awakened shortly after the shooting when three men stormed their house looking for refuge.

When police found the white Buick Rendezvous believed to be used in the 4 a.m. shooting, the five men inside fled. Two of them were caught and the others ran into the house, Smoot said. He did not identify any of the five.

“The people (in the house) were sleeping. They weren’t invited in,” Smoot said, adding the occupants were not hurt.

Police found two guns on the passenger side of the SUV, and surrounded the house while they waited for the Critical Incident Response Team to arrive.

Crowds formed around Pennsylvania and Stambaugh avenues, the points where police shut down Roemer Boulevard at its 1100 block.

After obtaining a search warrant, a dozen or so police vehicles from Southwest and the sheriff’s department were joined by CIRT’s new armored car that deposited its men onto the front lawn at 7:21 a.m.

By then the three alleged suspects were gone and no drugs or guns were found in the house, Smoot said.

“We are continuing the investigation,” Smoot said. “We have little clues. Everybody’s hinting around.”

Residents from several homes in the area reported hearing multiple shots fired that morning as well as in the three prior incidents.

Smoot said people have to continue to call in crimes.

“The information that led us to the car here (at 1120 Roemer Blvd.) was based on a call so that was a good thing,” Smoot said.

Police are working with the Mercer County District Attorney’s office to determine what charges will be filed against the two men in custody, Smoot said.

“We hope to have multiple arrest warrants,” Smoot said, referring to the four shooting incidents.

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