Gunman in Florence Township shooting on the run, police say
FLORENCE TOWNSHIP — A shooting in Florence Township prompted a lockdown of pubic schools Friday morning, and police were continuing to look for the suspect into the afternoon.
Florence Township Police said the gunman has not been caught but said they believe the shooting was an isolated incident and does not pose a threat to the public.
A person who was shot on West Front Street drove himself or herself to a hospital after the incident just before 9 a.m. according to Florence Police. Police did not disclose any information about that person's identity, including the person's gender.
State Police used dogs to look for the suspect. Four hours into the search, police said they no longer believed he was in the area.
The person who was shot has been released from the hospital.
The suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, age 28 to 32 standing between 5 feet and 8 inches and 5 feet and 10 inches. He is described as weighing between 130 and 140 pounds. He was wearing a grey hoodie with a scarf on his face, and dark-colored pants, police said.
An early description by police said the man was wearing a towel on his head, but there was no mention of the towel in updated information released by police Friday afternoon.
Florence Public Schools were put on lockdown as a precaution, although no schools are located in the area of the shooting. The lockdown was lifted at 11 a.m.
The shooting was the second incidence of violence this week in the Burlington City
Florence police on Tuesday night urged residents to stay indoors as they searched for stabbing suspect Akil Herbert. He was captured at his home the next morning.
Anyone with information about the shooting incident to call 609-267-8300.
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