Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson on Friday ordered the closure of a block of uptown's Curtain Street uptown, where gunplay earlier in the week left bullet holes in cars and homes. Blaming juveniles from outside the neighborhood who hang out at abandoned homes, Thompson said no one will be allowed in without photo identification proving they live there, and the 24-hour police barricade will stay up as long as necessary.
But on Saturday, the focus shifted to Allison Hill just east of the downtown area, as separate early morning shootings left two victims bleeding on the streets.
Mary Herrington, who has lived in the area for more than a dozen years, thought the shots that woke her were firecrackers.
"It's scary to hear that," she told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News (http://bit.ly/MkXRWg ). "I thought it was a bad dream. I don't know who got shot, but it looked like a war zone."
Herrington reported "chaos in the street and people in cars coming in from all over."
"This is usually a quiet neighborhood until the bars close at 2 a.m., then it's terrible," she said.
Kelly Moore said too many police protect the downtown area and too few protect Allison Hill.
"I heard about 50 shots," Moore said. "At least seven cars were hit and a guy was shot in the street. I called police. Later, I saw a bunch of cops pick up 37 bullets. This is a tough neighborhood. Whatever happened to the old days where you fought with your hands?"
At the Double D Bar & Grill, a popular neighborhood watering hole down the street from one of the shootings hours earlier, co-owner Christopher Dalaperas said workers were cleaning up when they heard the gunfire.
"A guy was shot in the stomach. This isn't the best section of Harrisburg," he said.
Dalaperas said the establishment uses a metal detector wand and then pats customers down in search of weapons.
"People who have guns or knives have to leave," he said. "This keeps trouble down and protects customers. We want people to be safe and have a good time here."
Information from: The Patriot-News, http://www.pennlive.com/patriotnews