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Drive-by shooting leaves one dead in Hamilton Twp

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jan 14 2014 05:04:46 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 14 2014 06:31:08 PM CST

It was a startling wake-up call in a Monroe County neighborhood.

HAMILTON TWP., Pa. -

It was a startling wake-up call in a Monroe County neighborhood.

Gunshots rang out in Hamilton Township Tuesday.

Residents were roused from their beds to learn that one of their neighbors had been killed.

Witnesses say it was a drive by shooting.

Now, investigators are trying to catch a killer.

Old Timber Road in Hamilton Township, Monroe County is a neighborhood wrapped in crime tape.

Just after midnight Tuesday gunfire ripped through this trailer home.

"I saw and heard five shots fired," said neighbor Elsie Lutjens.

Lutjens says she was looking out the window when she saw a car drive down the street, heard the shots and saw the flash from the barrel.

One of the bullets hit 39 year old Darcey Kravchenko.

"He was sleeping in the back bedroom and when he heard the shots he stood up out of the bed apparently at that time he was shot in the head by one of the stray bullets and he laid there until he was found," said Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.

Kravchenko's family was also home when the shooting happened.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

Police spent most of the day gathering evidence and talking to witnesses.

Neighbors say they're shaken up.

"I'm scared. I'm half scared to live here anymore, said Lutjens.

"Glad I wasn't here really because I wouldn't want to witness that because that was my friend's dad you know what I'm saying. I definitely wouldn't want to see that," said Joseph Quiles.

Investigators aren't saying much about what happened or if there is a suspect.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call police.