UPDATE: Charges dropped in shots fired incident in Johnstown


UPDATE 1/21/21: Charges against Bryce Gibson have been withdrawn. The original story can be found below.

CAMBRIA COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police in Johnstown are continuing to search for suspects after multiple shots were fired Sunday afternoon.

Police said it happened on the 300 Block of Cedar Street in Johnstown. One suspect is in custody, but they are urging anyone with information to come forward to help identify several others.

The Johnstown police department said they believe two parties were shooting at each other, with at least 5 shots being fired.

Bryce Gibson, who was taken into custody, was the only injury reported.

“He sustained a wound to his hand that was bleeding and he was taken for minor medical treatment for that wound to his hand,” Johnstown Police Department, Detective Sergeant, Cory Adams said.

The incident occurred near Cedar Street Playground and was caught on a nearby serveilllance camera, but detective sergeant Adams said the individuals were wearing masks in the video.

“We really don’t have a lot to go on, we have it on camera, but that only helps to a certain degree,” Detective ergeant Adams said.

Sergeant Michael Plunkard said officers also have additional evidence from the scene.

“The patrol officers initially arrived on scene began gathering information from witnesses found some physical evidence at the scene, made that determination to call out our detectives,” Plunkard said.

Detective Sergeant Adams said Gibson is not cooperating with them to help find two other suspects and reminds folks as they continue their search to stay cautious.

“Anybody whos shooting outside a playground at 12 in the afternoon is always dangerous,” Detective Sergeant Adams said.

If you have any information, you are asked to give the department a call or submit an anonymous tip.

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — Police say multiple suspects were involved in the shooting near the intersection of Cedar and Wood Street, but only one is in custody.

According to the report, police spoke with Bryce Gibson who was taken to Conemaugh Medical Center by a cruiser on Sunday after he says police stopped him on Messenger Street, telling the officer that he was running for cover after hearing the shots fired.

Gibson said he didn’t know what happened to his thumb, but he had an injury.

The officer then spoke with multiple witnesses at the scene of the shooting who described what both men were wearing. One is a green parka jacket with a fur collar, the other in a similar jacket with fur but purple in color.

One witness told police that they heard the one in the green jacket with a fur collar yell out that he was hit before picking the gun up that was dropped. Both then ran from the scene and the witnesses lost sight of them.

Gibson was noted as having a green jacket with a fur collar and dark pants when police spoke with him at the hospital.

Gibson is currently facing charges of Aggravated assault, Recklessly endangering another person, and Flight to avoid apprehension.

Police are asking anyone with tips to call the Johnstown Police Department or anonymously submit tips through the Tip 411 app. 

This is a developing story. WTAJ will continue you bring you the latest information.


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