A 1947 topographic map of the Reading, Pennsylvania area. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A man was shot and killed and his son wounded early Sunday in the 800 block of Elm Street, Reading police said.
When police arrived they learned an acquaintance of the victims was holding the man suspected to be the gunman nearby.
The acquaintance, 28, had witnessed the shooting and chased the suspect, yelling for him to stop, police said.
Police were first dispatched about 2:20 a.m. to Elm Street, where they found the 49-year-old victim dead on the sidewalk. They also found that his 29-year-old son had been shot in the upper torso and driven to a local hospital in a private vehicle.
Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Motorists worried about finding alternate routes between Reading and West Reading while the Buttonwood Street Bridge is closed for two years can relax for now.
Bridge repairs, which were scheduled to start about now, have been delayed for a year. The work now is slated to begin in April 2014.
The hang-up is due largely to the need to figure out where traffic will go while the bridge is closed and getting all the necessary permits and reviews, said Ryan Hunter, Berks County facilities and operations director.
Various reviews are needed for bridges that cross water, railroad tracks and highways, he said. Buttonwood Street crosses all three.