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Neighbors speak out after Pottstown shooting

By Jamie Stover, Reporter, JStover@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 02 2014 09:02:27 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 03 2014 09:10:50 AM CST

Man shot outside Pottstown lodge

POTTSTOWN, Pa. -

Neighbors and members of an Elks Club in Montgomery County are speaking out following a shooting and brawl Sunday morning.

According to Pottstown Police, two officers were attacked around 2:30 a.m., while trying to help a man who had been shot in front of the Montgomery Elks Lodge at 61 E. High Street.

Neighbors of the lodge in Pottstown say they're tired of waking up to screaming, yelling, and blood on their street.

Lodge members said they don't condone such violence either, and said they're trying to be a positive influence in the community.

"You can pretty much guarantee about 2:30, three o'clock you are going to be woken up to something," said Jake Maute, a neighbor.

Neighbors recalled hearing a lot of noise outside of their homes Sunday morning.

"He came down to wake me up and told me to get in the basement because there was a shooting next door," said Barbara Doyle, a neighbor.

"Maybe 15 to 25 people. A lot of screaming, a lot of fighting," said Paul Doyle, a neighbor.

Neighbors call such noise and riff-raff a never-ending headache.

"It'll go on three time a week, the weekends, all weekend long. All hours. It doesn't quit," said Barbara Doyle.

"There's been a shooting before here, a guy stabbed here, fights," Maute said.

Over the summer, a man was seriously wounded following a fight inside the club.

"We would never, ever condone any type of violence," said Keith Carter, chairman of the Montgomery Elks Lodge Board of Trustees.

Members said they welcome community input to alleviate any concerns or frustrations.

"We are trying to make this a better neighborhood, for everyone. Not just us--for you also, because you have to live here," Carter said.

The club said measures were put in place to make the environment better for all. The club hired a security team, installed a surveillance system and offered police an open invitation.

"We have always resorted to Pottstown Police and asked them to come and patrol our parking lot," Carter said.