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Police: Probe Into Scranton Nightclub Shooting Still Open

BY JOSEPH KOHUT, STAFF WRITERMay 25, 2019

Investigators digging into a fatal shooting near a notorious after-hours club in North Scranton earlier this month are re-interviewing witnesses and awaiting forensics reports before concluding their probe, authorities said Friday. However, they don’t believe it will take much longer. A man authorities declined to name shot and killed 20-year-old Parker Palermo, of Scranton, close to the Castle club early May 12 on the 1800 block of North Main Avenue. Two others were injured in the shooting. Palermo’s death has been ruled a homicide. Police Chief Carl Graziano said a large number of people must be re-interviewed as additional information becomes available. Police are also waiting for ballistics reports to determine if more than one gunman was involved. The probe will likely conclude within the next few weeks, Graziano said. Once police conclude the investigation, they will submit the results to Powell, who will determine if the shooting was justified, Graziano said. Meanwhile, the Castle remains closed following a preliminary injunction filed May 16 by Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell. Powell said Friday a hearing date will be scheduled after Memorial Day. In the injunction, Powell cited 203 police calls to the club’s address since Jan. 1, 2016. Powell wants a permanent injunction against the club as a public and drug-related nuisance, which could close it for at least a year. Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT

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