Two dead, one wounded in possible Upper Macungie road rage incident

Written by on April 21, 2021

Two dead, one wounded in possible Upper Macungie road rage incident

By Tyler Pratt

April 21, 2021

Heavy police presence at a Wawa in Upper Macungie near an industrial park off Route 100 and Schantz Road after a “serious incident” where two people died, including the shooter. Photo | Tyler Pratt / WLVR

Two people are dead today and a third is in the hospital following a possible road rage incident on a Lehigh Valley highway that led to multiple shootings at a Wawa in Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich has identified the dead men as Ramon Ramirez, 31, of Allentown, and  Za Uk Lian, 45, of South Whitehall Township.

Speaking at a press briefing to reporters the morning of April 21, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said the incident began on Route 22 near the exit for Route 309 and Cedar Crest Blvd. when an adult male driving a white Toyota Corolla allegedly shot at a white car being driven by a woman.

“Which we believe was pure happenstance – a coincidence – she came here to get a sandwich and when she came out of the Wawa she realized there was a bullet hole in her car,” Martin says. 

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin on scene at the Wawa in Upper Macungie where there had been a heavy police presence all morning. Martin then led a press conference where he told reporters one bystander died as well as the shooter. Photo | Tyler Pratt / WLVR.

Martin says the suspect pulled into the parking lot and began firing shots: injuring one man in a Jeep, and killing another adult male, a truck driver who was at the gas pump. A Wawa employee taking out the trash heard the gunshots.

“He ushered two prospective customers from the parking lot into the Wawa and he alerted the employees in the Wawa to shelter in place and he locked the doors,” Martin says.

The alleged shooter then fled a short way down Route 100 and appears to have committed suicide, shooting himself in the chest and hand. The man who was injured on the scene has been taken to an area hospital.

Separately, a law enforcement officer was injured in traffic helping to guide cars near the scene. He’s since been treated and released. The names of the victims, and the suspect have not yet been released by officials, pending notification of next of kin.

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