Falls Township

Police Search for Gunman Who Shot Driver in the Neck in Falls Township

Police initially said they had a suspect in custody but later said the man fled the area and they continue to search for him.

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What to Know

  • A gunman shot a driver in the neck in Falls Township, Pennsylvania, Tuesday afternoon.
  • Police initially said they had a suspect in custody but later said the man fled the area and they continue to search for him.
  • If you have any information on the suspect's whereabouts, please call Detective Dennis O’Connell at 215-949-9100 x416 or email him at d.oconnell@fallstwp.com.

A driver is fighting for his life after he was shot in the neck during a shootout in Falls Township, Pennsylvania.

Police found the driver inside a vehicle on the side of the road on Lincoln Highway at North Olds Boulevard around 3 p.m. Tuesday. The driver was suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck and was taken to the Capital Health Regional Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey. He is currently in critical condition.

Investigators believe both the victim and a suspect in another vehicle began firing at each other after some sort of dispute.

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"We think it's a dispute between two individuals," Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney told NBC10. "There was actually an exchange of gunfire. What exactly that dispute was over is still under investigation."

When police responded to the shooting, witnesses pointed to people near the scene. Police initially said they had a suspect in custody but later determined the people who the witnesses pointed out had nothing to do with the shooting.

Police said the unidentified gunman tossed his shirt and fled the scene. They also believe a second person drove away with the suspect since they haven't found the vehicle the gunman was in.

"We do have the shirt and you know, DNA is the thing nowadays," Chief Whitney said.

The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male wearing red and white striped boxers, black pants and no shirt. Police also said he may have gotten rid of his handgun.

If you have any information on the suspect's whereabouts, please call Detective Dennis O’Connell at 215-949-9100 x416 or email him at d.oconnell@fallstwp.com.

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