Crime filled night in one Harrisburg neighborhood


Police are investigating two incidents in the Allison Hill area of Harrisburg Wednesday night.

One of them ended fatally for a young man.

"It's just sad how this community it just gone," long-time resident, Tonya Siddo, said.

When police arrived in the 1900 block of Bellevue Road for reports of a shooting around 4:30 p.m., they learned it ended tragically.

"We did find a young male who did receive a gunshot wound. He is deceased," Harrisburg Police Captain Gabriel Olivera said.

Family and friends seemed to have arrived shortly after, heartbroken by a life taken too soon.

Just as the scene was quieting down, gunshots and minutes later a car crash could be heard a block away.

"We ended up hearing a couple shots fired. We ended up seeing a vehicle fleeing the area," Harrisburg Police, SGT. Tyron Meik, said.

He said police tried to follow but by the time they got to Mulberry Street, they found the car had crashed, hitting a number of parked cars.

Police said then the person or persons in the car fled on foot.

They said they don't know if the two incidents are connected.

"It's just one of those things that we happened to be in the area and this other incident occurred," Meik explained.

For Siddo, the events that unfolded before her grandchildrens' eyes help teach them a lesson.

"I say guys you see what happens when you don't go to school and do what you need to do. You need to step up your game and be defiant," Siddo said.

She said this neighborhood has taken a downward turn than what she grew up in years ago and it breaks her heart.

She said she works hard trying to influence young people positively in the community, but events like this hurt.

"We're just here to help the community, but it seems like some are here to tear it down. It's just hard. Hard to believe what's happening in this community," Siddo said.

Now all she can do is pray for the people involved and offer a helping hand.

"My heart goes out to whosever mother. That mother of the kid."

Siddo says she works at the Saint Francis soup kitchen where the doors are always open to help people.

As for the investigation, police tell us they were able to take one person into custody in connection with the car that crashed.

Still no word on the homicide investigation.

If you have information about either incident, call police at 717-558-6900.

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