Neighborhood watchman shot dead steps from home
WNEP
Police investigate the fatal shooting of neighborhood watchman Donald Bachman on May 1, 2015.

A well-known neighborhood watchman was gunned down just feet from his home in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in May.

Donald Bachman, 49, was fatally shot May 1, 2015, as he got home around 4 a.m. from his job as a supervising mechanic at a bus company. He was a noted neighborhood crime-watcher, according to neighbors.

  • A neighbor across the street said he heard eight to 10 shots fired at about 4 a.m.

  • Wilkes-Barre Police took a surveillance camera from Bachman's home during the investigation.

  • Bachman, a father of three, "watched over" the south Wilkes-Barre neighborhood, according to neighbors.

  • No suspects have been identified.

The shooting occurred during a surge in violence in the city. Seven people were shot in six days in Wilkes-Barre before Bachman was slain.

The rash of violence prompted the U.S. Department of Justice to announce in July it will aid the city in fighting crime.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will work with police in the city to target gangs and criminal networks, and to find sources of illegal guns, WNEP reported.

SOURCES: WNEP: No arrests in Wilkes-Barre shooting death,

WNEP: Another deadly shooting in Wilkes-Barre,

WNEP: ATF to aid Wilkes-Barre police

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