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Standoff Continues: Police Talking To Person In Surrounded Home

Police said they have one person in custody and are negotiating with another after two people were shot early this morning in Shippensburg, Franklin County.
/ Source: WGAL.com

Police said they have one person in custody and are negotiating with another after two people were shot early this morning in Shippensburg, Franklin County.

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News 8 reporter George Lettis is at the scene along Washington Street in Shippensburg. He said police have communicated via telephone with one person inside. Police will not reveal what has been discussed. But they did say that the individual inside is a "person of interest" with regards to the double shooting.

Around 9:30 a.m., News 8 reporter Carrie Fairchild watched as a man walked out of the surrounded house. She said he had his hands up and that he got down on his knees before police ran in and took him into custody. Police have not confirmed whether the man is a suspect in the shooting, but he does remain in their custody.

Police and SWAT teams have surrounded the house since about 4:30 a.m.

Police have asked residents along Washington Street to remain indoors. Those who chose to leave the neighborhood this morning did so with a police escort. No one is being allowed back in.

Neighbors in the area said the surrounded home was a college residence. The scene is about half a mile away from Shippensburg University. But police said none of those involved in the shootings are college students.

Suspects Followed Victims, Relative Says

Police said the double shooting happened early this morning on the 800 block of Avon Drive, about a mile away from the scene of the standoff.

Police said a man and a woman were shot in their car around 2 a.m. The man, identified as Robert Traylor, 21, was killed. The woman is being treated at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. An official who did not want to be identified said that she had been shot in the chest.

Lettis spoke to Traylor's uncle, Jim Traylor, this morning. He said his nephew and his female friend had gone to the Hot Point Inn, a nearby bar, and that they became involved in an argument with two men.

"Far as I heard, they had an argument in the bar. And the guy followed them down the road, pulled them off the side of the road. And when he got out of the car, the guy shot him," said Traylor's uncle, Jim Traylor.

Police had said earlier today that they believe the shootings stemmed from an incident at the Hot Point Inn.

Jim Traylor told News 8 that his nephew had grown up in the Shippensburg area.

Stay with WGAL.com and News 8 for updates on this developing story.

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