Screams of family members and friends rang out on 7th Street in Campbell after a man opened fire around 1:15 p.m. Saturday inside a home, shooting five people including himself.
“The suspect exited the bathroom and then began engaging,” said Interim Campbell Police Chief A.W. Rauzan. “One elderly female was hit. Right now I cannot confirm if it was his grandmother or not.”
Shortly after crews arrived on the scene, smoke was visible from the roof of the house. Police said the suspect lit a mattress on fire in an upstairs bedroom and fled the house.
The suspect was caught on Warhurst Street. It’s unknown the path he took before being caught, but a bloody hand print was discovered on a neighbors back door. Police could not confirm if the print was that of the suspect.
Family member Lashawna Peterson is shocked by the events.
“My grandkids are here every weekend with their grandmother. They were here at the time (and) that is why I am here,” said Peterson. “They said it was their cousin who did the shooting. I’m just waiting to see what caused the incident to get this far.”
Witnesses said one of the shooting victims who was hit in the arm tried to escape down 7th Street leaving a trail of blood to Wilson Avenue where he waited for help.
“This is the first time that a gun has ever been discharged,” said Rauzan. “This is a relatively quiet neighborhood. Squabbles aside, the family has never been given to gun violence before.”
When WKBN news crews arrived on the scene, children were outside the home talking with police. A family member said the children were in the house at the time of the shooting but police could not confirm that information.
The shooter, a woman and two other victims are being treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center. The shooter and woman are in critical condition. The other two are in stable condition. The fifth victim was taken to Northside hospital.
Police have not released the suspect’s name.