Multiple shootings, robberies keep Lancaster police busy

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By Jesef Williams

Multiple shootings and robberies in Lancaster have kept police busy this week.

Here's a roundup of the incidents, which occurred Tuesday and Wednesday.

Police Capt. Harlean Howard said nobody was injured in the cases and no arrests have been made.

She said investigators are looking to see if any of these six incidents are related.

"We're looking at the cases individually and collectively," Howard said. "They're under heavy investigation and scrutiny."

Two store clerks at Meeting Street Express told police they were robbed at gunpoint around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

A man wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt entered the convenience store and demanded money from the store clerk working the cash register, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.

The robber, who had a blue bandanna over the lower part of his face, was holding a gun, possibly a revolver, the clerk told police. The robber told the second clerk to get off her cell phone and threatened to shoot the other clerk.

He left the store with about $150 he took from the cash register, the report said.

A Lancaster woman said someone fired at least one gunshot from a white Ford Crown Victoria on Woodland Drive just after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The woman told police she and her daughter were stopped behind the Crown Victoria at the stoplight at S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue.

The Crown Victoria pulled over after it turned onto Clinton Avenue and then Woodland Drive. After she passed the Crown Victoria, the car followed her, the report said.

At the Main Street intersection, people in the Crown Victoria threw trash at the woman's vehicle and yelled profanity at her.

The woman heard a gunshot from the Crown Victoria as it pulled off and continued on Woodland Drive toward Lancaster High School and later onto Laurel Court.

A woman was reportedly robbed about 10:10 p.m. Tuesday by three men on Rock Springs Road.

The woman was walking toward her house when a light-colored vehicle pulled in front of her and stopped, the report said.

Three men got out of the vehicle, and one pointed a gun at her while the other two men searched her. They took her cell phone and drove off, the report said.

Wednesday's shootings

Gunshots were fired around 1 a.m. Wednesday somewhere between the 2100 and 2800 blocks of Pardue Street Apartments.

Officers later found a green Ford Explorer with damage to the driver's side rear quarter panel that appeared to be from gunfire, the report said.

The driver told police he was leaving the apartment complex when he heard several gunshots. He didn't hear anything strike his vehicle but quickly noticed his tire was flat, the report said.

The driver told police he doesn't believe anyone was shooting at him.

A Lancaster man told police that he heard about three gunshots while driving on Arch Street near the Ferguson Street intersection about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The driver said the shots came from a person standing with a group near Hughes and Arch streets, the report said.

The driver saw a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a gun in his hand.

When officers went to the area, they saw someone run behind a Hughes Street home, where police found two handguns and ammunition, the report said.

A Lancaster man said his Hubbard Drive home was shot at Wednesday night.

The man told police that three men took $200 from his bedroom when he was there about 4 p.m.

Just before 10 p.m., he saw several people walking toward his apartment and saw a man walk on his porch, the report said.

He said he saw a gunshot go through the window near the front door and hit the ceiling. He told police he thinks the people who stole his money are responsible for the shooting.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152