Police Seek Help In West Street Shooting

POTTSTOWN PA – Multiple shots were fired Sunday night (March 24, 2019) shortly before 8:30 p.m. in the 500 block of West Street, the Pottstown Police Department said, and a home at 552 West St. was struck several times by bullets, according to officers responding to the scene.

No one was reported injured, in the home or elsewhere, they added.

Police said they found ballistic evidence in the street that indicated a number of shots were discharged. They did not comment on whether one or several guns were involved. Residents in the area “were cooperative with the investigation, and provided statements to detectives,” the department noted in a statement to the media.

Any potential suspects apparently fled the scene before police arrived. The department is asking anyone with information about the incident to call its investigators at 610-970-6570.

In a Pottstown Mercury story updated Monday, reporter Evan Brandt wrote the shooting “may be connected to a long-running bullying issue among eighth-graders at Pottstown Middle School,” according to police and school officials.

Brandt in part cited a Pottstown School District email that said it had “been alerted to a situation involving eighth grade students, which allegedly included the use of weapons over the weekend. We are fully cooperating with the Pottstown Police Department and have taken extra precautions to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Police, in response to the reporter’s inquiry, also acknowledged “looking into the possibility that (the shooting incident) is related to a call” of about an hour earlier that involved “middle school-age kids.”

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