Woman and toddler killed, 6 others injured after violent night in Allentown

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Woman and toddler killed, 6 injured after violent night in Allentown
Woman and toddler killed, 6 others injured after violent night in Allentown

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- A 1-year-old boy and a 44-year-old woman are dead after a night of violence in the city of Allentown.

Just before 9 p.m. Friday, police responded to gunshots on the 100 block of Chestnut Street. When police arrived on scene they found three shooting victims with serious injuries.

The victims of this triple shooting include a 66-year-old man, a 44-year-old woman and a 1-year-old boy. So far there have been no arrests in connection with that shooting.

"I heard about five to eight shots...by the time I got outside, the road was already filled with police," said Desiree Guth, who lives nearby.

Neighbors said the two adults were the child's grandparents.

The Lehigh County Coroner confirmed the deaths on Saturday morning. The victims have not yet been identified.

Just 20 minutes later, police said there was another shooting on the 300 block of Ridge Avenue.

"As we were standing out here, we heard 3 more shots up the block," Guth said.

Police found two more people suffering from gunshot wounds. The male and female shooting victims were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.

Since this was so close to the other shooting, police were able to get to the scene and make an arrest. They arrested 23-year-old Demitrius Bashir Campbell of Allentown. He was charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, two counts of aggravated assault as well as other charges.

At approximately 2:25 a.m. Saturday, police were called to reports of another shooting. Police found an adult man suffering from serious gunshot wounds near the parking lot of a bar in the 1600 block of Hanover Avenue.

A short time later, two other men showed up to the hospital with gunshot wounds. They are all expected to survive. No arrests have been made.

At this time, Allentown police do not believe these three shooting incidents are connected.

Authorities are now searching for more suspect as the investigation continues.