WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – The scene has been cleared and roads reopened after a tense lockdown that occurred Friday morning in Wilkes-Barre.
The incident began around 8:40 a.m. Wilkes-Barre police used a horn to urge a person they believe was a possibly armed man seen on the third floor of a building around North River and West Union Street.
“I hear it falling on the ground and I see this cop coming with his gun in this direction. All of a sudden, I continued, I lay down on the ground and I closed the windows and the blinds, ”explained Mario Velazquez, who lives in the building where the incident occurred.
Heavily armed officers could be seen around the location of the report.
“I’m looking around, there’s cops everywhere, then all of a sudden I opened my blinds again, one of the cops came to my window – come back, come back to my room,” Velazquez said .
An alert sent to students at King’s College said the McGowan School of Business was closed and students in the area should shelter in place.
“I was having class at McGowan Kings College, when I was walking I saw a decent number of officers walking up River Street. As I walked, many officers looked surprised. They were very concerned that I was walking down the street and they told me to cross and go about my day,” said Kings College student Samuel Nalesnik.
Residents of the building were evacuated and asked to come out with their hands up. Since the police did not know if any of the residents could be the person with the gun.
North River and West Union streets were closed while officers investigated.
“One of our tenants called and said this or that in a certain common area of the building and I told him to call 911,” said Tom Dombroski, owner of the building where the incident took place. product.
“I was in contact with the police after they arrived. They let me through the barricade and I let them into any apartment they wanted to enter. I gave them all the keys. We’ve been here for 42 years now and we’ve never seen anything like this before,” Dombroski explained.
Locals have seen the intense situation unfold.
“I’m not surprised. It’s sad what’s happening in downtown Wilkes-Barre, that’s how it is, it’s a shame,” said Deno Pentelakos, who lives in downtown Wilkes-Barre. Closed off.
At approximately 12:15 p.m., after a thorough police investigation, no one was found inside the building and the scene was cleared. According to the police, there is no danger for the public.
Wilkes-Barre police say they have never found anyone with a gun, but insist they never take chances and have conducted an intense search of the area.