Police investigate homicide in Swatara Township

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As police continue to investigate a homicide in Dauphin County, neighbors tell FOX43 they're surprised to hear of the Sunday morning shooting in Swatara Township.

"The sound that I originally thought I heard, I just took it to be possibly fireworks," said long-time resident Jack Henry. But when police and EMS arrived at the 200 block of Kempton Avenue, neighbors soon realized that it wasn't fireworks.

Around 10:30 a.m. police found a man dead inside a home. Another man was injured and taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, where is he is stable condition.

Police took guns and shell casings that were found along the sidewalk. They also took a wooden door with a gaping hole, to be examined as evidence. Investigators continued to gather evidence for hours, searching through several cars parked in the driveway -- including a white minivan parked outside the home.

Three other people, who were inside the home at the time of the incident, were taken in for questioning. Swatara Police wouldn't comment on the active investigation but did say that the community is still safe.

"I want to be clear there is no threat to public safety," said Swatara Police Chief Jason Umberger.

But that wasn't sitting well with neighbors. "I just moved to this area maybe like seven months ago and it's usually a quiet neighborhood. There's usually no violence, no noise except for the kids and I can't believe that this type of violence happened out here," said Laretta Parker.

In fact, this is the first homicide in Swatara Township this year. "We've been very fortunate around this area not to have witnessed anything like this but now it's a little bit closer to home," added Henry.

Police say they're not actively looking for a suspect and don't have anyone in custody. More details will be released during a joint press conference with the district attorney's office, Monday afternoon.

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