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W-B shooting victim drunk, police say

Philip Finn of Wilkes-Barre, who was shot in downtown Wilkes-Barre, talks with a police officer before getting into an ambulance Saturday afternoon.

Times Leader staff photo/S. John Wilkin

WILKES-BARRE – A man who police said was drunk and yelling racial slurs was shot in the ear near 34 Meyers Court around 4 p.m. Saturday.

The bullet grazed Philip Finn, 36, of Wilkes-Barre just below his left ear, police said.

“He was highly intoxicated … and yelling racial epithets,” Officer George Cole said.

Cole said before Finn was shot, he was thrown out of Gonda’s Bar and Senunas’ Bar and Grill, both on North Main Street.

James McBride, who lives on Meyers Court, said that Finn was highly intoxicated, threw an empty 5-gallon water jug and attempted to kiss a man who was walking in the area. McBride said the man kept yelling racial slurs and banged on a few doors before he was shot.

“He threw a water bottle at a van and tried to kiss a man,” McBride said. “Then he started yelling nigger and banged on doors.”

McBride said he saw Finn run in between two parked cars and scale a 6-foot-high fence. Police found him in Beer Boys on North Washington Street.

Blood spatter was found on a parked car that Finn used to climb the fence, police said.

Police brought Finn back to Meyers Court in an attempt to identify the shooter. He pounded on a door and became disorderly when police placed him in an ambulance.

Police searched the area on Meyers Court and behind a few row homes. Danielle Levy, who also lives on Meyers Court, said she heard a single shot and saw the intoxicated man acting weird in front of her home.

Cole said Finn was taken to Community Medical Center in Scranton. His condition is unknown.

Police said the suspect is a black male, about 25, wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. The incident is under investigation.

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