Another of the “bigger concerns” police have is with Luzerne County 911, DeAndrea said.
“Apparently it took over 25 minutes for 911 to answer the phone,” he said. “There’s a high call volume because it (was) the Fourth of July. However, there’s a man lying shot, bleeding, on the streets of the city of Hazleton and (911) can’t get the phone answered to dispatch a car.
“So here’s the Hazleton Police Department excited with a 3-minute response, thinking maybe we’re going to catch the shooter with a smoking gun, and it ends up we’re a half hour after the fact,” DeAndrea said. “That just doesn’t make any sense.”
By talking with the family who lives in the home in front of which the shooting occurred, DeAndrea said, he was trying to pin down how many people called 911. “The family was actually trying to flag vehicles down in the middle of Diamond Avenue to try and send someone for help,” DeAndrea said.