New Castle Police chief responds to weekend violence, says shooting scene was ‘chaotic’

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – The city of New Castle saw a violent weekend that left two people dead and one wounded.

It began early Saturday morning on North Liberty Street.

Police were called on reports of shots fired and a car overturned. When they arrived, they found 31-year-old An-Tyne Johnson dead inside the overturned car.

Police say the car had live wires on it, making it difficult for first responders to get to it right away.

There was also another vehicle at the scene, just down the road that had bullet holes in it — but no driver. 

“Chaotic was a good word for it, the situation, there was a lot of moving parts to that case and a large crowd formed down there soon afterwards, and trying to deal with the scene and also with the crowd,” said Chief Of Police New Castle City Police Department Robert Salem.

The chief says the driver of the second vehicle had been taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds and his injuries were non life-threatening. 

Chief Salem says the incident was the result of a feud between the individuals in each vehicle that began years ago.

It is unclear at this time if Johnson died as a result of gunshot wounds or from injuries sustained in the car overturning. An autopsy is being done to determine the cause of death.

Just a day later, early Sunday morning, New Castle police responded after a man showed up to UPMC Hospital with gunshot wounds.

Devon Thompson died as a result of his wounds.

Police say the shooting happened in the 400 block of Leasure Avenue.

“We activated our special response team, to go in there, not sure if the shooter was still inside or not. We went in there, the building was empty,” Salem said.

Chief Salem says the violence this weekend was unusual for them.

“Our violent crimes went down over the last couple years. it’s unfortunate any time you have, especially at that age, we don’t wanna see it. This was not a good weekend for us,” Salem said.

Both shootings are still under investigation and we’re told they are not related. So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about either incident is asked to contact NCPD at 724-656-3588 or leave a tip on their tip line at

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