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Reading playground shooting: Enough is enough, neighbors say

By Liz Kilmer, Reporter, LKilmer@wfmz.com
Published On: Oct 23 2013 05:49:23 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 24 2013 05:27:05 AM CDT

Neighbors are speaking out, saying a playground where a man was shot Tuesday night has never been safe and needs more police patrols.

READING, Pa. -

Neighbors near the Reading playground shooting that sent one man to the hospital Tuesday night are calling for more police patrols.

"The park's been a problem for many years," said Steven Keiser, a landlord near the scene at the Second and Oley playground.

Several years back, Keiser said he complained to city council about what he said is a lack of police control at the playground.  

"There's no policing of the park. Nothing. It just kind of runs itself," said Keiser.

"It's just not safe. It's not safe," said Bill Johns, who lives across the street from the playground.

Johns said he was outside with neighbors and their young children when the shot rang out shortly after 8 p.m.

"We were just sitting here with the kids, playing around with the kids and next thing you know, a guy comes running around the street shouting, 'Call 911. I've been shot,'" said Johns.

That victim, according to police, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported for medical treatment. Police said he is expected to be okay.

Police told 69 News on Wednesday that investigators will be increasing patrol in the area and are continuing the investigation.

They are looking for three people: two men and one woman, who reportedly approached the victim while he was sitting on a bench.

Police said the group began arguing with the victim, who was then shot by one of the men.