UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. – A man shot and killed a truck pumping gasoline and shot and injured another driver in Wawa, Upper Macungie Township on Wednesday.
Authorities are investigating the series of events that led to the seemingly random shootings early Wednesday morning and then ended with the suspect turning the gun on himself, officials said.
It started with a meeting on Route 22 between Route 309 and Cedar Crest Boulevard, County District Attorney Jim Martin said at a press conference Wednesday morning.
Two vehicles had an “encounter” on the 22nd before 5 a.m., and one of the drivers shot the other vehicle, Martin said.
The woman driving the vehicle didn’t realize her car had been hit until she stopped in Wawa on Schantz Road, off of Route 100, for food, Martin said. She was not hurt.
The driver of the other vehicle, which authorities said fired the shot, then pulled into the same parking lot in Wawa and walked around the building, Martin said. He then shot a driver sitting in a Jeep and shot a tractor-trailer driver who was out of his cabin pumping gasoline, Martin said.
The driver of the truck died of his injuries, Martin said.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office identified the driver of the truck as Ramon Ramirez, 31. He died of a gunshot wound to the body, the coroner’s office said.
The driver of the Jeep was being treated in hospital and his injuries did not appear to be life threatening, the prosecutor said.
The suspected gunman then took off on foot and descended Route 100 about a quarter of a mile before committing suicide, Martin said. The police scene spread along Highway 100 across from the Brookside Children’s Early Education Center. The center was closed at the time.
The Lehigh County Coroner’s Office declared the suspect dead. He has been identified as Za Uk Lian, 45, from South Whitehall Township. His death was qualified as suicide.
Investigators are trying to find the reason for the shooting.
“It appears that the three shootings I have described seem indiscriminate and unrelated,” Martin said.
Martin thanked a quick-witted Wawa employee for helping keep others safe. The employee was taking out the trash when he heard the gunshots, so he ushered two people into the parking lot and alerted workers and customers inside, Martin said. Employees quickly locked the store doors and everyone inside took shelter in place, Martin said.
A state police soldier was also injured in the incident. He was struck by a vehicle while participating in traffic control, state police said. He was treated in hospital and has since been released.
Investigators focused around the vehicles in the parking lot, before finally towing the bullet-carrying vehicles later Wednesday morning.
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