Allentown standoff continues for hours after shooting
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 06:17:18 AM CDT
A standoff that kept Allentown SWAT teams on their toes all afternoon Monday is over and the outcome isn't what police had hoped.
A man was shot in broad daylight in Allentown around noon Monday.
Police thought the shooter was holed up in a home but six hours after the standoff began, it ended without the suspect being captured.
Shortly before 6 p.m., Allentown Chief Roger MacLean announced the person they were looking for was not inside the home police had been investigating.
The scene at Gordon and Pine streets was packed with spectators all day, all
watching as members of the Allentown police SWAT team tried to bring out the suspected shooter.
Police said the chain of events started after a shooting in an alley just off of Gordon and Pine streets around noon.
"We got a call of a man bleeding," said MacLean. "When we arrived we found a male with a gunshot wound."
Police said the wounded man was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
They reported the shooting suspect escaped to a home in the 900 block of Pine Street.
SWAT was brought in and evacuated around a dozen people from the house next door.
One woman, who didn't want to be identified, said she watched in fear as her fiance, children and other family members came out and crossed over to waiting SWAT officers. Police said they were evacuated for safety.
"Honestly, I'm just nervous," said the woman. "Basically I don't know what to do. I don't know what is exactly going on."
The spectator count grew as the standoff went on, with people curious and concerned about what was happening in their neighborhood.
MacLean said negotiators tried for hours to get the suspected shooter to come outside.
"There is a room in one house that we want to clear ," said the police chief, before learning the suspect was not in the house. "We have information that somebody may be in there but we have gotten no response."
Police have several people in custody for questioning.
The children who were evacuated were reunited with their parents.
A 69 News crew on the scene reported that 10 people -- six adults and four children -- were removed from a home in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to call police at 610-437-7721.
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