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Indiana police probe fights, gunshots

by HEATHER ROTH on March 21, 2011 3:00 AM

A fight that broke out as crowds of people left Club Tequila under Cosumel Restaurant early Sunday morning continued across town, ending with at least six gunshots around 600 S. Fisher Ave. but with no apparent injuries, Indiana Borough police reported.

Sgt. William Vojtek said no victims have come forward and that so far no one is cooperating in the investigation.

"We don't know what started it, people weren't specific as to what was going on," Vojtek said. "The people (officers) spoke with indicated it was just a … continuing fight."

Police said the first incident was reported at 2:12 a.m. A crowd of "several hundred" people had gathered in the area of 600 Gompers Ave. behind Cosumel's Club Tequila, and a large group of both males and females was fighting. Police dispersed the crowd, and no suspects or victims were identified.

About half an hour later, police responded to a fight involving a large number of people in the Carriage House Apartment complex at 1300 Oakland Ave. Police said a crowd of about 100 people had gathered in a second-floor hallway, and several were fighting and engaged in "threatening behavior." Again, no injuries were reported, and police dispersed the crowd and arrested two people for disorderly conduct. Vojtek said they were arrested for refusing to follow police orders, and that one of them pushed an officer. Charges have not yet been filed and the two were not named.

At 3 a.m. police returned to the same apartment complex for a report of a large crowd gathering in the parking lot; police dispersed them without incident.

Half an hour later, police responded to the area of 300 South 13th St. for a report of suspicious vehicles and people in the area. Police were told that witnesses heard yelling and screaming, and some mention of guns.

Police were still investigating that incident when they heard at least six consecutive gunshots from around 600 S. Fisher Ave. Police said they found evidence of shots fired as well as witnesses, but that they do not believe anyone was injured. No suspects have been positively identified.

Vojtek said the bullet casings were found on Indiana University of Pennsylvania property, and that IUP police are investigating.

"Obviously we're concerned, shots were fired. If people were finding bullet holes in their car, in their house, if people heard other shots in the area," then call police, Vojtek said.

"We have no victims; we have no people coming forward. … We just wanted to put some information out there to let people know what was going on," he said.

Anyone with information can call police at (724) 349-2121.

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