Po­lice probe gun­shots

Po­lice seek help from pub­lic fol­low­ing re­ports of shots fired across town­ship

Times Chronicle & Public Spirit - - FRONT PAGE - By Linda Finarelli

ABING­TON » Res­i­dents of the Glen­side, Ard­s­ley and Roslyn neigh­bor­hoods were awak­ened early Sun­day morn­ing by the sound of gun­shots.

Abing­ton po­lice Lt. Steven Fink said Mon­day that po­lice re­ceived 15 to 20 calls be­tween 5:15 and 5:45 a.m. Sept. 23 from res­i­dents all over the town­ship re­port­ing the sound of gun­shots.

The re­ports turned out to be “cred­i­ble,” as “around 10 shell cas­ings that all ap­peared to come from the same type of ri­fle” were found in one lo­ca­tion in Roslyn, he said.

No one was at the scene when po­lice ar­rived, and there were no signs or re­ports of any­one be­ing shot

or bul­lets strik­ing any ve­hi­cles or homes, Fink said.

“There were also shots fired in other lo­ca­tions in Glen­side and Ard­s­ley and pos­si­bly other lo­ca­tions in Roslyn,” he said.

“The ma­jor­ity [of call­ers] only heard the shots,” Fink

said. “We’re very con­cerned; the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is a pri­or­ity for us. We would like to talk to any­one who may have seen some­thing or who finds shell cas­ings or whose house may have been hit.”

Two adult males were taken into cus­tody as a re­sult

of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion “on un­re­lated is­sues” and “have not been charged for this in­ci­dent,” he said.

One, a Chel­tenham res­i­dent, was de­tained on a men­tal health war­rant and taken for treat­ment, Fink said.

The other, an Abing­ton

man, was ar­rested on a Mont­gomery County bench war­rant for fail­ure to re­port for a crim­i­nal charge, he said.

“We re­cov­ered ri­fles from both and are do­ing bal­lis­tic test­ing on them,” and “are in­ves­ti­gat­ing their pos­si­ble

in­volve­ment in this in­ci­dent,” Fink said.

Any­one who saw any sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cles in the area, found any shell cas­ings or has any in­for­ma­tion is asked to call either Fink at 267536-1113 or De­tec­tive Robert Hill at 267-536-1101.

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