State police at Honesdale are investigating a shooting that left a female victim in critical condition, spokeswoman Connie Devens said at the scene Friday afternoon.
The shooting happened around 10 a.m. at a house at 147 Daniels Road and a suspect was in custody.
Police are looking for "potential witnesses" who may have been driving a black Hyundai sedan with Pennsylvania plates with possible numbers of either FPL3807 or JHJ8249.
The car was seen at the scene about the time of the shooting.
Sources said the 20-year-old victim, who was shot by her uncle, was flown to Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.
The names of the suspect and victim were not released by press time Friday.
The uncle, in his 50s, claims to to have shot his niece by accident, mistaking her for an intruder.
The uncle was taken into custody and was being questioned by state police Friday afternoon.
The uncle lives at 147 Daniels Road. His niece lives nearby.
Authorities did not say where in the body the woman was shot, but a witness who saw the woman being placed in the helicopter said it appeared she had a head wound.
"It was actually pretty horrifying," said Debra Roberts, who works at nearby Western Wayne Middle School, where the life-flight helicopter was staged.
Roberts said the victim appeared "lifeless."
The two-story house is just off Route 296, on a dirt and gravel road.
The neighborhood is usually fairly quiet, said neighbors, but now they are concerned.
Neighbor Luke Gregory said the people in the house were relatively new to the neighborhood.
He said there were a lot of comings and goings at the house.
"It's a little discomforting," said Gregory, who has two small children.
He said he won't let them ride their bicycles on the road until he finds out what happened.
"It makes you nervous when something like this happens," Gregory said.
Another neighbor, Harry Harrison, said he was not used to such commotion in the neighborhood, after police and paramedics and helicopters converged Friday.
"We're not used to that here," Harrison told reporters.