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Scranton Police Investigating Two Shootings And Armed Robbery That Occurred Friday Night Into Saturday

December 29, 2018

Scranton police issued arrest warrants for two men involved in unrelated shootings Friday night and early Saturday. Police are also investigating an armed robbery early Saturday on Oak Street, Chief Carl Graziano said. Phillip Lynott, 20, 101 Woodside Manor, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after police say he shot a 17-year-old male in the shoulder just before 9 p.m. Friday. The two sent threatening messages to each other on Facebook. The victim, who police declined to identify, said Lynott “took it too far” after he threatened to shoot him and his family, according to a criminal complaint. He used the social media platform Snapchat to determine where the victim lived. The victim then drove to Lynott’s Hillside Manor apartment with a friend. Lynott pulled out a handgun and fired several times, police said. Police are also searching for Travis Lanzo, 25, 69 E. Parker St., after police said he shot another man twice in the leg. At about 12:10 a.m., police responded to a report of a fight and shots fired at 57 E. Parker St.. Police found Joshua Coleman sitting in a car and bleeding from his leg. A fight broke out on Parker Street, and Lanzo fired several times at a group of men involved in the fight, hitting Coleman. Neither of the injuries were life-threatening, and police are searching for both men, Graziano said. Police are also seeking a man involved in an armed robbery at United Check Cashing on Oak Street, Graziano said. The suspect confronted an employee as she was opening the business, telling her he had a gun and forcing her to give him an undisclosed amount of money, he said. Check back for updates.

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