At least four people were injured on Monday afternoon after multiple shootings were reported in Monroe County, Pennsylvania. The spate of violence prompted a shelter-in-place order for the county.
“Due to several shooting incidents in the area, police are asking those on the 196 corridor between Pocono Country Place and Pocono Farms East to shelter in place. Report any suspicious activity,” the Monroe County Office of Emergency Management announced on Twitter late Monday.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police Chief Chris Wagner told a news conference that police are actively investigating after four separate shootings in which four people north of Mount Pocono were shot in rapid succession.
Around 5 p.m. on Monday, officers found a a 47-year-old woman shot in the back and a 19-year-old male shot in the arm at 5330 Ledgewood Drive, or the Pocono Country Place. Authorities are withholding names of the victims.
Another report came through around the same time of another victim in a parking lot near the intersection of Kings Way and Route 196. The victim is believed to have had a gunshot wound to the head, Wagner told reporters late Monday.
“That victim was in and out of consciousness, and obviously medical services were summoned,” he said.
“As police were dealing with that scene, we received another report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Campbell [Drive] and Kingsway,” he continued. “Upon police response there, again we found a fourth victim with what we believed to be a gunshot wound to the leg.”
The victim with a gunshot wound to the head and the victim with a gunshot wound to the leg are both 20 years old, reported WFMZ.
Wagner said the investigation is very active. “We do have multiple witnesses, multiple victims and we also do have persons of interest being interviewed at this time,” he said, adding that authorities are applying for search warrants to residences, vehicles, and body warrants, to further the investigation.
Police believe the shootings were connected, according to WPVI.
Wagner also said that the woman with the gunshot wound to the back has been flown to a level-1 trauma center.
Mayor of Mount Pocono Michael Penn warned residents in a Facebook post late on Monday of “rapid gunfire” in multiple locations. “Please consider this a developing community safety danger,” he announced.
Anyone with information is requested to call Pocono Mountain Regional Police at 570-895-2400.