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One man was shot multiple times in what one witness called a "gunfight in the middle of the street" in Lancaster city Wednesday evening and police were interviewing another man who may have been one of the shooters.
The shooting happened on West King Street near Coral Street about 5:20 p.m. The shooting victim, a 26 year old, was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of serious gunshot injuries to the torso and arm, according to Lancaster city police. He'd been found at Lake and Pearl streets.
No one had been arrested as of early evening, but police Chief Jarrad Berkihiser said the public was not in danger.
Berkihiser said police were looking at the victim as one of the possible suspects in the shooting.
"We're still in the early stages of the investigation," Berkihiser said.
"This wasn't a random act of violence. These two people knew each other, at least for a short amount of time," he said, adding the person of interest was being cooperative at the police station. He said police believe that man may have been a shooter, but were trying to determine that.
In a release police put out about 8:35 p.m., they said "it appears that at least two individuals at the scene had firearms and exchanged gunshots with one another. The subjects reportedly had some sort of verbal confrontation prior to the shots being fired."
One handgun was recovered.
At least a dozen numbered yellow evidence markers were in the sidewalk and street. Some were marking visible shell casings, but Berkihiser declined to say how many casings were recovered or how many shots were fired. Some of markers could be denoting other evidence, he said.
One of the bullets hit the rear window of a car that was passing through on King Street.
The passenger, who requested that she not be identified, said she was on her way to a hair appointment when they heard what they thought was fire crackers.
"And we seen two men shooting at each other at close range. Literally a foot away from each other. We panicked. We backed up and it was done in two minutes," she said. "We were frantic. I'm still shaking. It was a scary, scary situation."
The driver, the woman said, was taken to a hospital because he was so shaken up.
The woman said the shooters came from AB Fashion, 643 Columbia Ave., and ran off in different directions. A message left a a number listed for the store was not immediately returned.
Another man, who also did not want to be identified, said he was nearby when he heard about seven gunshots and saw a black Audi sedan race up Marietta Avenue.
This story will be updated as information develops.