Two people were killed and another was injured Monday during an afternoon shooting in the Chambersburg section of the city.
The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ashmore Avenue and Washington Street.
One victim suffered gunshot wounds to his head and chest while in a vehicle with another victim who was shot in the neck. Both of them were later pronounced dead at the hospital.
The third victim was in a separate vehicle, which was driven to the hospital after the shooting. The severity of that man’s injuries is not known at this time.
Investigators say it’s too early to say what motivated the shooting, but detectives believe the incident may have been a shootout between the occupants of those aforementioned cars.
Detectives also found two guns that may have been dumped at the scene during the aftermath of the shooting.
A 50-year-old woman who only gave her first name as Vivian said she found herself caught up in the crossfire on the way home from Food Bazaar Supermarket.
“I was one of them that almost got shot. The guys were just pulling up from around the corner, I think, and the next you know, ‘pow,’” Vivian said, mimicking the sound of gunfire. “I thought it was a firecracker, but when I saw he threw [something] out the window, I looked on the ground and saw a gun. I’m over here touching myself, searching to find any bullet [holes] on me.”
The woman said she didn’t get a good look at the shooters because she was busy taking cover.
“They shot towards me,” Vivian said. “I don’t know if they were just shootin’ for the hell of it. Next thing you know, they threw the gun out. I was scared.”
The killings mark the second and third homicides to occur in the capital city so far this month.
Trentonian staff writers Penny Ray and Isaac Avilucea contributed to this report.