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Police Seek Three in Lansdale Shooting [updated]

One victim was transported to Abington Hospital.

[Editor's note: This article previously misidentified the location of the shooting as being in Hatfield Township. Wedgewood Drive is actually just inside the border of Lansdale Borough.]

Police from at least four municipalities were looking for three suspects following an early Sunday morning shooting in Lansdale that left one man wounded.

The incident on Wedgewood Drive occurred shortly after midnight Sunday. The wounded man was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital.

Soon after the shooting, police were looking for three black men in a silver Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows that had decals reading "AUTO RESCUE" on both sides of the vehicle.

The men were spotted at the Wawa near the intersection of Route 202 and Welsh Road in North Wales between 15 and 30 minutes after the shooting. Police retrieved video surveillance footage of the men from the store.

A clerk at the store who spoke on the condition of anonymity described the three men as "muscular" and said they were each more than 6 feet tall.

"They were joking around ... nothing seemed out of the ordinary," the clerk said about the men, who made purchases at the store.

The clerk further reported that when the men concluded their business at the cash register, they "started speaking a different language." The clerk could not identify the language.

At the scene of the shooting, police from Hatfield, Lansdale, Montgomery Township, Upper Gwynedd, and a K-9 unit from Upper Moreland canvassed the neighborhood around the shooting, interviewing residents and investigating a nearby park. A bush directly across the street from the house where the shooting reportedly occurred drew particular interest from the police, who were joined during the investigation by Montgomery County detectives.

The first suspect is described as a black male with a goatee and short hair, wearing jeans and flip-flops.

The second suspect is described as a "light skinned" black male with glasses, a white shirt, and black shorts.

The third suspect is described as a black male with a red shirt and black sweatpants.

Police briefly believed they may have identified the suspect vehicle near the Montgomery Mall shortly before 2:30 a.m., but the occupants of the vehicle stopped by police proved to be unconnected to the shooting.

The men were believed to still be at large on Sunday evening. An officer with the Lansdale Police Department said via e-mail that the department will "likely" issue a press release on the incident on Monday.

Correspondent Keith Heffintrayer contributed to this report from the scene in Lansdale and from the other locations connected to this story.

Earlier updates as the story unfolded follow.

Update 2:28 a.m.: Upper Gwynedd police stopped a vehicle in connection with the investigation, but the occupants were reportedly not connected to the shooting incident.

Update 2:24 a.m.: Upper Gwynedd police are in pursuit of the suspect vehicle.

Update 2:16 a.m.: A source with knowledge of the investigation has told Patch that authorities are "attempting to stop" a vehicle in the vicinity of the that matches the one reportedly being driven by the suspects. Patch is en route to that area.

Update 1:56 a.m.: Authorities at the scene are closely examining a bush across the street from the shooting scene.

Update 1:42 a.m.: A source with knowledge of the investigation has told Patch that shortly after the shooting, the suspects were seen at the Wawa store at the intersection of Route 202 and Welsh Road in North Wales.

The suspects reportedly made purchases at the store and were captured on store surveillance video.

The first suspect is described as a black male with a goatee and short hair, wearing jeans and flip-flops.

The second suspect is described as a "light skinned" black male with glasses, a white shirt, and black shorts.

The third suspect is described as a black male with a red shirt and black sweatpants.

Update 1:40 a.m.: County detectives are en route to the scene.

Update 1:22 a.m.: Police are knocking on doors in the neighborhood and interviewing residents.

Update 1:18 a.m.: A K9 unit from Upper Moreland has arrived at the scene and is canvassing Wedgewood Park, to the south of the neighborhood where the shooting took place.

Original story follows.

Patch is at the scene of a shooting in a neighborhood near the intersection of Schwab Road and Moyers Road in Hatfield.

One male victim has been confirmed shot and was reportedly transported to Abington Hospital. A possible second shooting victim could not immediately be confirmed.

Montgomery Township police said authorities are looking for three black males in a silver Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows and decals reading "AUTO RESCUE" on both sides of the vehicle.

One report indicated the suspects were last seen at the Wawa store near the intersection of Routes 202 & 63 in Upper Gwynedd. Upper Gwynedd police were reportedly en route to that location.

Police from Montgomery, Hatfield, Lansdale, and Upper Gwynedd are on scene in the 900 block of Wedgewood Drive and were reportedly sweeping the area with flashlights.

A truck equipped with spotlights has arrived at the scene and is illuminating the area.

We'll have further updates as more information becomes available.

Correspondent Keith Heffintrayer contributed to this report from the scene in Hatfield and from the other locations connected to this story.

LansdaleWatch September 04, 2011 at 05:11 AM
per police - the decal Auto Rescue (not sure it has too do with the fd service) it was seen on the pass and drivers door
David Powell (Editor) September 04, 2011 at 05:17 AM
Thanks, LansdaleWatch. We got the same report from Montgomery Twp. police at about the same time. We appreciate the updates; let us know what else you hear and we'll try to confirm it with official sources.
Laura Freed September 04, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Once again, the Patch breaks crime stories first! Awesome!
J.A. lewis September 04, 2011 at 12:41 PM
Mr. Powell, again you are all over real news stories. Glad to see your doing a great job for Montgomery county. You cover the news like your suppose to. Way to keep the people informed.
Dave Conard September 05, 2011 at 03:08 AM
Great job guys it is why I am so proud to represent Patch at the events and games I cover......AWESOME!!!!!!!! even in a horrible situation
Kim Bilella-Hopwood September 05, 2011 at 06:08 PM
I now check the patch for news before my local paper. You guys are good, great photo's to!
liveliveart@gmail.com September 05, 2011 at 06:19 PM
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