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Teen Shot Near Fireworks Display in Lehigh Valley; Crowd Sent Running

Police said a 16-year-old was shot in a targeted attack a couple blocks away on Northampton Street in downtown Easton

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Gunfire interrupted a fireworks display in the Lehigh Valley Sunday night, sending panic among a crowd gathered to celebrate Easton's Heritage Day.

Police said a 16-year-old was shot in a targeted attack on the 200 block of Northampton Street in downtown Easton.

The teen was struck in the leg around 9:45 p.m. and taken to a nearby hospital. Police said he is expected to survive.

The shooting happened during the grand finale of the fireworks display over the Delaware River, which were scheduled for 9:30 p.m., according to the Heritage Day website.

A witness was taking cellphone video of the fireworks when they noticed people starting to run and police swarming the area. “Everyone is running from down there,” the witness said in the recording.

Police believe the shooter was high school-age.

He and the victim were part of a group involved in a “disturbance” just prior to the shooting, EPD’s Lt. Matthew T. Gerould said.

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Police said there was a fight at a gas station, and the brawl moved a few blocks closer to where people were watching the fireworks – but was not at the center of the crowds.

Gerould said the victim and the rest of the group were uncooperative with investigators.

Witnesses said the gunman ran east on Northampton Street, possibly into Phillipsburg, NJ.

Anyone with information or video of the incident were asked to contact Easton detectives at 610-250-6634 or 610-250-6635.

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