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Wanted in Shooting

District Attorney Gavin P. Holihan and Allentown Police Chief Charles Roca are asking for the public’s help to find two men charged with shooting an 11-year-old boy in Allentown June 13.

Renee Jacques Brown Jr., 20, of Allentown, and Jahliel Joseph Branford, 18, both of Allentown, are charged with Attempted Murder and Conspiracy to Commit Criminal Homicide, both felonies of the first degree; two counts each of Aggravated Assault, both felonies; Firearms Not to be Carried Without a License, a felony of the third degree; and misdemeanor charges of Possession of an Instrument of Crime and Reckless Endangerment.

Information developed during the investigation revealed that both Brown and Branford were armed, at the crime scene, and both fired at the victim. Officers found spent shell casings from two different weapons; a .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun and 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun. It is alleged that both guns were possessed illegally.

Because this investigation remains ongoing and to protect the witnesses, the affidavits have been sealed.

Neither Brown nor Branford are currently in custody but nationwide arrest warrants were issued this morning for both men. Both are considered armed and dangerous and anyone who may come in contact with either Brown or Branford is asked to call 911.

At this time, the victim, identified in court records only by his initials of K.B., remains hospitalized and is receiving care and comfort from doctors, family, friends, and loved ones. We are confident that K.B. is an innocent victim of this violence.

The case was investigated by Allentown Police Detective Robbie Gruber, the Allentown Police Department Criminal Investigation Division and the Lehigh County.