Democrat lawmaker in gunfight with teens

Bullets fly in all directions on public street.

Four teenagers have been charged with attempted homicide, robbery, assault and other counts after they allegedly tried to rob two state representatives only blocks from the Pennsylvania state capitol and ended up exchanging gunshots on a public street.

State Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, formerly a prison guard for the Lackawanna County Prison, was walking along the street with Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, late Tuesday after a day of legislative work then dinner out, according to

The men were confronted by a man who allegedly pulled out a gun and demanded their wallets, police reported.

According to Thom Welby, chief of staff for Flynn, one of the alleged attackers pulled the weapon and demanded money, “to which Rep. Flynn responded with some expressive language that they’re not getting anything from him.”

The suspect, who was described by Welby as “nervous,” then fired a shot, “and Marty pulled his weapon and fired two shots,” Welby told PennLive.

Both lawmakers were uninjured. A statement released later by Democrats in the state House said they were prepared to testify in any court proceeding.


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