MILTON — Shots rang out in Milton Sunday afternoon, sending one person to the hospital and landing three suspects in police custody.

Dan Embeck, an officer with the Milton Police Department, said the incident started at around 3:30 p.m. as an altercation at an apartment building located at the intersection of Broadway and Long Alley.

From there, he said the incident moved to 10 block of Elm Street, where one unidentified individual was shot.

Emergency services radio communications indicated the individual was shot in the abdomen and leg. Embeck said he could not disclose the extent of the injuries or identify whether the victim was male or female. He was planning to visit Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Sunday evening to check on the victim’s condition.

Bystanders who were in the area at the time of the shooting reported hearing five shots fired.

“(The suspects) did flee the scene,” Embeck said. “They were apprehended at a different location.”

Milton police issued a statement late Sunday night which said witnesses saw a black Audi fleeing the scene of the shooting at a high rate of speed.

“A short time later, assisting units located a vehicle matching a description,” the release said. “Officers attempted to initiate a stop on the vehicle, which resulted in a pursuit. The vehicle was subsequently stopped and three suspects matching the description of the actors were taken into custody.”

The car was reportedly stopped along Route 405, south of Milton. The William Cameron Engine Company was dispatched Sunday night to assist police with the lighting at the scene of an investigation along Route 405.

Embeck anticipated the suspects being charged late Sunday night. No further information on the incident had been released as of early this morning.

Elm Street was closed off immediately following the shooting and remained closed into the night. The Milton police and fire departments were on scene, along with a Pennsylvania State Police crime scene investigation unit and officers from multiple local municipal police departments.

Milton police said they were assisted at the scene by state police, as well as officers from the Buffalo Valley Regional, Watsontown, Point Township, Mifflinburg and Selinsgrove police departments.

According to Embeck, the altercation which led to the shooting started at the same apartment building that a March drug sweep was centered around. In that incident, 160 members of law enforcement fanned out across Milton to take into custody many of the 22 individuals indicted on federal charges stemming from two operations which were trafficking narcotics from Puerto Rico to Milton and several other locations.

Staff writer Kevin Mertz can be reached at 570-742-9671 or email kevin@standard-journal.com.

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