Man Charged In Scranton Shooting Still At Large, Police Say

December 31, 2018

A 20-year-old man sought for shooting a teenager Friday night remained at large Monday, Detective Sgt. Robert Martin said. Phillip Lynott, 101 Woodside Manor, Scranton, was sought Friday on charged of aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, simple assault and terroristic threats. Lynott and an 17-year-old boy, identified only by his initials, had been sending threatening messages to each other through Facebook’s messenger but Lynott escalated things when he messaged that he’d obtained the 17-year-old’s location through Snapchat and planned to come over to his house and kill his family, according to a criminal complaint. Snapchat has a map feature which, if a user has the setting turned on, displays their location for their friends on the app. The 17-year-old asked for a fight and had a friend drive him to Lynott’s apartment shortly before 9 p.m. When the teenager got out of the car, Lynott approached with a handgun and fired a few times. A bullet struck the victim’s shoulder and his friend drove him to Moses Taylor Hospital. This was the first of two shootings in Scranton during the weekend. The two incidents are unrelated. At about 1 a.m. Saturday, police were called to 57 E. Parker St. after gunfire erupted during a party, according to a criminal complaint charging 25-year-old Travis Lanzo with pulling the trigger. Spent bullet casings and blood littered the scene. A “heated” argument during the party with some neighbors escalated when Lanzo pulled out a gun and started shooting into a group of people. Another partygoer, Josh Coleman, was shot in both of his legs and lost a large amount of blood. He required surgery, police said. People at the party helped police track down Lanzo’s identity. Lanzo turned himself in Sunday and faces counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. Lanzo is in the Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday. Anyone with information on Lynott’s whereabouts was asked to contact police at 570-348-4134. Contact the writer: jkohut@timesshamrock.com, 570-348-9144; @jkohutTT on Twitter.

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