It all started shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday on Route 22 between the intersection of Route 309 and Cedar Crest Boulevard.
Police say the gunman, Za Uk Lian, 45, of South Whitehall Township, was driving a white Toyota Camry when he had some sort of encounter with another vehicle on Route 22.
The district attorney’s office said Lian shot the other vehicle.
Police said the driver of that vehicle was not injured and was unaware that her vehicle had been shot down.
The woman went to the Wawa convenience store on Route 100 and Schantz Road for a sandwich. When she walked out of the store, she noticed that there was a bullet hole in her car.
Police said the woman told officers she recalled hearing a loud bang.
Meanwhile, police said Lian also pulled over in the same parking lot in Wawa, apparently by coincidence.
Investigators say he shot a Jeep and hit the driver. Police said the driver of the Jeep was being treated for injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
Then, in the same parking lot, Lian shot a truck driver who was pumping gasoline into his vehicle, prosecutor Jim Martin said.
That victim, Ramon Ramirez, 31, from Allentown, died of his injuries, police said.
In the aftermath of this fatal shooting, investigators say Lian ran south on Route 100 and ended up near the Brookside Children’s Education Center where investigators say he committed suicide.
Authorities were trying to determine a motive, and Martin said the preliminary investigation indicated the shooting was “indiscriminate” and unrelated.
The shootings drew a strong police presence. Shops nearby and a closed school.
Authorities said a Wawa employee was taking out the trash when he heard the gunshots. He ushered the customers from the parking lot into the Wawa, alerted his colleagues to take cover and locked the doors.
Private Nathan Branosky of the Pennsylvania State M Police Troop said a soldier participating in traffic control was struck by a vehicle. He was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.
This story has been updated to show that the suspect’s vehicle was a Toyota Camry and not a Corolla, as authorities first reported.
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