Not even the sight of children at a nearby playground could prevent a city shooting Tuesday that left one Jamestown man wounded and an alleged shooter on the run.
According to the Jamestown Police Department, the male victim - whose name was not released - was shot behind the Appleyard Terrace apartment complex in the 600 block of East Second Street shortly before 7:30 p.m.
Investigation revealed that four shots were fired at the victim as he walked in an open area behind the housing units. He was struck twice.
Police investigate the backyard of an apartment building at 564 E. Second St. where a pistol was recovered.
P-J photos by A.J. Rao
Yellow police tape is pictured in front of an apartment building at Appleyard Terrace. Children were playing on the playground pictured at the time of the shooting.
The victim was transported to the WCA Hospital helipad and later flown to UPMC Hamot in Erie, Pa., where he underwent surgery.
His condition was not released by press time.
Captain Robert F. Samuelson, division commander of the JPD, said a pistol was recovered in the backyard of a 564 E. Second St. apartment building, which is located less than 50 meters from the crime scene, across Cross Street.
The alleged shooter is believed to be a slim black male wearing a black hoodie and white shoes, according to scanner reports.
Samuelson indicated that an investigation is ongoing and a possible suspect has already been identified.
Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the JPD at 483-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
While such shootings naturally invoke fear among Jamestown residents, statistics by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services paint a different - and perhaps more comforting - picture.
According to the study, Jamestown had eight reported shootings in 2013, with only one involving an injury. From January to June 2014, the city reported seven shootings. Only two - including this latest incident - involved an injury. The other was the April 21 shooting at Chadakoin Park that left one man wounded with non-life-threatening injuries.
Interestingly, the average number of shootings involving an injury beween 2009-13 is zero. The last time Jamestown had two shootings with an injury was 2006.