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Fatal shooting victim identified

WILLIAMSPORT — An 18-year-old city man died early Monday morning in the operating room of UPMC Williamsport after being shot about an hour earlier in an apartment building at 667 Campbell St., according to investigators.

Police Chief Damon Hagan released the teen’s identity as Semaj Mozee late Monday morning. He was a resident of the building, but investigators have declined to comment on where in the three-story structure the shooting took place.

“He didn’t deserve this. He was loved by a lot of people. That’s all I have to say,” a family member, who did not give her name, said outside the building about 11 a.m.

The structure is on the west side of Campbell Street between Park Avenue and High Street.

When asked if officers knew the motive for the shooting, Hagan said “We have nothing to release on that yet.”

Hagan said “no one was in custody. The entire criminal investigation unit, five agents and a lieutenant, are working the case. It is our top priority” to find the gunman.

There were children in the apartment building at the time of the shooting, but they were not injured.

City police and firefighters, along with paramedics, rushed to the apartment building after the county’s 911 center received a call that someone had been shot there about 12:05 a.m.

The victim was carried out of the building, loaded into an ambulance and taken to the medical facility, just a block away. Lycoming County Coroner Charles E. Kiessling Jr. said the victim died about 1:15 a.m.

Shortly after Mozee had been taken to the hospital, the scene became very emotional when an unidentified woman arrived and started screaming and yelling at officers who would not allow her into the building. The officers blocked her from entering, telling her numerous times the building was a crime scene and no one would be allowed in.

A few minutes later, at least three children exited the building with officers. Family members or friends then took them away in private vehicles.

State police assisted processing the scene.

Anyone who has any information about the homicide is asked to call Agent Aaron LeVan at 570-327-7548.

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