Allentown shooting kills one, injures two others

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ALLENTOWN — An early morning shootout outside the Dubai Club in Allentown left one person dead and two others wounded, forcing city police to return fire on a shooter who was spraying bullets into pedestrians in the area.

The shooting happened at 2:23 a.m. in the parking lot of the American Plaza, along American Parkway downtown, as a shooter sprayed several bullets in the 200 bock of Court Street, according to Assistant Chief Glen Dorney.

Police working extra duty inside the club, quickly responded after hearing shooting outside the club.

“While responding to the area of the disturbance, officers heard multiple gunshots. The officers then observed a male with a handgun actively shooting at pedestrians in the area. One Allentown Police Officer discharged his firearm at the suspect who was actively shooting at other people in the immediate area,” Dorney said in a news release. “That suspect then entered a vehicle and fled the scene. It is unknown whether that suspect was hit by any of the officer’s gunfire. As a result of the suspect’s gunfire, 3 victims were located with gunshot wounds and were transported to local hospitals for treatment. One of those victims has succumb to his injuries.”

Radio reports by Lehigh County Dispatchers said one suspect is in custody and two others remain at large, and should be considered armed and dangerous. Police are looking for a silver 2006 Honda Civic.

In the aftermath, one victim died at a local hospital while two others were treated for gunshot wounds. In the street were police markings for 24 shell casings and other pieces of evidence along Court Street and in the drive through of the Dunkin Donuts. At least three cars were hit by bullets.

What sounded like a lengthy shootout woke Ulises Irizarry from his sleep at his Second Street home.

“I heard three flurries of shot. I counted at least 14, but it could have been more,” Irizarry said. “I’m getting tired of this. I feel like I should move back to the country.”

The staff at Dunkin’ Donuts found themselves overwhelmed by customers early Saturday, because police closed the drive through window to mark several shell casing that little the drive through lane.

“It was all over with by the time we got here at 4 a.m.,” said Dunkin’ Donuts Manager Jesse Bernal. “We’re not going to have drive through for a while, but everyone here is fine. Just a little busier than usual inside.”

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact the Allentown Police Detective Bureau at 610-437-7721.

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