Man, woman dead in what Harrisburg police call a targeted shooting

“Is it him?”

Several people asked that same question as a wave of grief hit when Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter quietly spoke to a man standing by crime scene tape at 16th and Chestnut streets late Sunday afternoon.

Dozens of people wept, obviously devastated as word spread that two people died in a row home on the first block of South 16th Street between Chestnut and Zarker streets around 4:40 pm

Police were still at the scene at 7 pm, blocking off the area as more people arrived, trying to find out what happened while consoling others.

Harrisburg spokesman Matt Maisel confirmed that a man and a woman were killed in the shooting. He said police believe it was a targeted shooting.

Police said the woman died at the scene, and the man was transported to a local hospital where he later died.

Police are still searching for the shooter but said the public is not in danger.

Emotions were raw and visible as mourning loved ones continued to ask questions at the scene. Very few answers were provided by authorities.

Neighbors stood on their porches, watching police go in and out of the home where the shooting occurred.

The double homicide marks the fourth and fifth shooting victims since Friday in Harrisburg and the first fatalities among that group.

Carter said he would hold a press conference Monday to address the homicide.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call the Harrisburg Police at 717-558-6900. Tips and information can also be submitted via the CRIMEWATCH website.

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