Pa. mayor closes block after gunfights

In this Tuesday, March 16, 2010 photo, Harrisburg Pennsylvania Mayor Linda Thompson is seen in her office in downtown Harrisburg, Pa. As a result of years of piling debt onto its aging, money-losing trash incinerator, the cash-strapped city of Harrisburg is facing debt payments this year that are larger than the city's entire operating budget. (Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

August 4, 2012 4:42:20 AM PDT
The mayor of Pennsylvania's capitol city has ordered the closure of a neighborhood street where two gunfights have been reported this week.

According to The Patriot-News, the gunplay along a block of Curtin Street in Harrisburg has left bullet holes in cars and homes.

Mayor Linda Thompson said Friday the 24-hour police barricade will stay up as long as necessary. She added no one will be allowed in without a photo identification proving they live there.

Residents complained to Thompson about gunfire on Wednesday, and more shots were reported Friday. Thompson says residents blame juveniles from outside the neighborhood who hang out at abandoned homes.

Information from: The Patriot-News