Man shot twice in front of home in troubled downtown neighborhood

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

October 26, 2006

There has been another shooting in the Harrisburg area.

Two men, including an officer, are in the hospital...and one man is on the loose, believed to be armed and dangerous.

Police say 26-year old Frank Martin shot his victim, 18-year-old Rossanno Harrison, twice in front of his home on Metcalf Street this afternoon.

The shooter's house is abandoned now. There's crime tape blocking the stairs, and his wanted poster has been taped up.

They're signs that police really want to find this guy.

The shooting drew investigators from across the county. A deputy was even injured as he flipped his patrol car in pursuit.

"A subject was found unclothed with two gun shot wounds and some other superficial injuries," Inv. Paul Godden told News 12.

Police say those injuries were caused by 26-year-old Frank Martin, who lives just a block away on Lockhart Lane.

Martin has a prior history of violence and drug activity...and this area has been trouble in the past.

"Kids in this neighborhood, and their parents, need to understand that there is a different way," said Rev. Melvin Ivey, a pastor at St. John's Baptist Church, across the street.

He's seen this kind of thing before, and blames poverty, lack of education, and poor role models for kids.

"This atmosphere is conducive for what you see: gun violence, drug use, things that in a lot of other areas you don't have."

And boy does this area have it.

Remember the four hour swat team stand-off on Watkins Street?

And what about the accidental shooting on Hicks Street?

Both happened in August, and both are crimes similar to the one investigators are now tackling.

"We're still in the process of searching the crime scene, so it looks pretty good so far," Inv. Godden said of the investigation.

Frank Martin of 211 Lockhart Lane is 6' 1" and 175 pounds. He has dark skin and six gold upper teeth. Martin is considered armed and dangerous and is said to be carrying a silver, .357 magnum revolver.

He's wanted for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

A cash reward may be offered for information leading to Martin's capture. If you know anything about his whereabouts, you're asked to call the sheriff's office.


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