Multiple gunshots fired in Franklinton Sunday

Published 1:17 pm Friday, August 1, 2014

On Sunday, July 27, at approximately 2:15 a.m., the Franklinton Police Department received numerous 9-1-1 calls originating from the area of 12th Avenue and Dobson Street.

Callers reported several gunshots being fired and a subject possibly being hit.

Officers arrived on the scene to discover approximately 300 individuals hastily leaving the area. Officers were directed to the intersection of 12th Avenue and Dobson Street, where a black male was lying in the roadway.

Northshore EMS was notified and determined the subject had been struck by a vehicle and not the victim of a gunshot wound.

The victim was transported to Riverside Medical Center, where he was treated for an injury to his ankle. Medical staff reported the subject’s injuries as moderate. He was released after receiving treatment.

Investigators recovered 21 bullet casings in the parking lot of Magee Feed on Dobson Street. An additional projectile was recovered from a vehicle that was on scene at the time of the shooting. The shooting stemmed from a party, which was being held at 819 12th Ave.

Officers had previously patrolled the area and were forced to clear the street of pedestrian traffic. Initial reports from witnesses have yet to identify the people responsible for the shooting.

Investigators will continue to conduct interviews and the public’s help is being sought in the case.

“This is just another example of the dangers facing our community,” Franklinton Detective Justin Brown said. “The reckless actions of these idiots placed the lives of many at jeopardy, and it’s a miracle no one was killed. Unfortunately, what was intended to be a good time has once again turned into a near tragic event. The prevalence of gun violence in our community is not only a great concern for law enforcement officers but our citizens as well. We have seen a progression of firearm-related incidents, most recently the murder from July 10 on Parker Street and a similar shooting on Bene Street. This trend cannot be allowed to continue. Silence condones such actions, and it will remain a part of our neighborhoods unless our community speaks out.”