READING, Pa. – Police in Studying say an 18-year-old is behind bars accused of pulling the set off in a lethal taking pictures.
The Studying Police Division Felony Investigations Division says authorities arrested Wilson Ventura-Cruz following the incident within the space of Lackawanna Road and Schuylkill Avenue in Studying round 5:15 p.m. Friday.
Police say after they arrived they discovered a 19-year-old male had been shot lifeless.
Responding law enforcement officials say they have been directed towards a automobile which was fleeing the scene of the taking pictures.
In keeping with Berks County District Lawyer John Adams, Ventura-Cruz and the sufferer have been touring in the identical automotive collectively when there was a dispute. Adams mentioned Ventura-Cruz was within the passenger seat when he shot the 19-year-old who was driving earlier than pulling the automotive over and eradicating the physique from the automobile, earlier than driving away.
Officers have been capable of find and cease the automobile within the space of the 700 block of Schuylkill Ave. 5 minutes later. The automobile driver was recognized because the taking pictures suspect.
“The officer noticed a handgun on the driving force’s seat. The driving force had blood throughout him. There was blood within the automotive,” mentioned Adams.
Adams mentioned Ventura-Cruz was instantly arrested.
Ventura-Cruz was taken into custody and charged with first diploma homicide and associated fees.
“That is simply one other instance of a person who had a gun, who used the gun, who was not capable of legally possess a gun,” mentioned Adams.
Investigators inform us there’s nonetheless no phrase on how he obtained the gun.
Adams mentioned this taking pictures now joins a listing of a a number of others this 12 months involving youthful folks.
“One of these habits must stop instantly and we want everybody in our group to return collectively to speak to the youth in our group and to emphasise to them that this isn’t how a civilized society behaves,” mentioned Adams.
Anybody with data on this incident is requested to name the Studying Police Division at 610-655-6116.
Info may also be offered anonymously by calling Crime Alert Berks County’s nameless tip line at 1(877)-373-9913.