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Police investigating shooting incident at Scherersville Park

By Susan Bryant


South Whitehall Township police were called out 12:30 p.m. Aug. 30 to investigate a report of gunshots heard in the area of the community gardens at Scherersville Park.

According to South Whitehall Police Chief Glen Dorney, upon arrival of police from South Whitehall and Whitehall townships, evidence was found that supported an incident occurred at the site involving a firearm.

“Officers were able to determine a verbal argument had occurred where a male actor pulled a firearm and fired four rounds into the other half of the argument’s vehicle,” Dorney said. “The male then fled on foot into the park system and trails.”

Dorney said officers from both departments set up a perimeter and conducted a systematic check of the park system, but were unable to locate the suspect, who was later identified as Johnathan Rivera-Lugo, 22, of the 700 block of Washington St., Allentown.

According to Dorney, an arrest warrant has been issued for Rivera-Lugo for numerous charges, to include carrying a firearm without a license, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief to property.

No one was injured in the incident.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact South Whitehall Township police at 610-398-0337.