Update: One Person Shot In Home on South Drive: Report Says Family Held Hostage
WFMZ talks to father of shooting victim
A 29-year-old South Whitehall man was shot multiple times early Monday morning when three armed men dressed in black broke into his home at 2998 South Drive.
South Whitehall police Sgt. Thomas Gersbach identified the victim as Jermine Herod. He said Herod was rushed by family members to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, where he is still being treated. He said no others were shot but that some others in the home were treated for minor injuries.
Gersbach said the Herod family awoke to the three armed men, who intended to rob the family. In the process, Jermine Herod was shot multiple times inside the home, he said.
Seven people were in the house at the time.
South Whitehall police were called at 4:25 p.m. Gersbach did not disclose how the armed men gained entry to the home, located in a picturesque neighborhood off Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Homeowner Linden Herod told WFMZ that the family was held hostage, according to the TV report.
Police were on the scene all morning, removing the police crime tape about 12:20 p.m. In the late afternoon, family members were cutting pieces of wood to apparently shore up the home.
Police are asking that anyone with information call the South Whitehall police at 610-398-0337 or 610-437-5252.