CARBONDALE, Pa. — Police in Lackawanna County have made an arrest in connection with a deadly shooting Monday night in Carbondale.
A 35-year-old man was shot and killed around 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot at a housing complex on Fallbrook Street in Carbondale.
The Carbondale police chief confirmed that a suspect is in state police custody after being detained by Carbondale officers.
The victim was found dead at the Fallbrook Street Apartments in Carbondale.
He was identified by the Lackawanna County coroner as Pernell Simmons, 35, of Carbondale.
We spoke to one woman who did not want to appear on camera.
"I was literally in shock because it happened right outside my door, and I didn't even know. I'm still in shock. I don't even know what to say. It's horrible, horrible."
Carbondale police and state police detectives spent all night investigating. By the time Millie Smith woke up, the neighborhood was quiet again.
"I didn't know until my daughter-in-law called me. She wanted to know if I was okay, and I said, 'Yeah, why?' Then she told me what happened, and I said, 'Oh, my God.'"
The apartments are new; the first residents moved in at the end of 2020. There's also a senior center in this complex; that's where the Carbondale Farmers Market is held every Thursday.
That building is the site of the former Carbondale General Hospital. Matthew Martines was born there, now, he lives in the apartments. He says the shooting is tragic and too close for comfort.
"We have kids around. The kids are on their bikes, playing all the time. I just had my grandson here the other night. Wow, I'm just shocked."
State police say there is no danger to anyone at the apartment complex or surrounding area.
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