UMT Police: No motive or connection between victims and shooter in early morning incident

Written by on April 21, 2021

UMT Police: No motive or connection between victims and shooter in early morning incident

By Ben Stemrich

April 21, 2021

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.

Two people are dead and one person is injured after a shooting that began on Route 22 in the early morning of April 21 and moved to a Wawa in Upper Macungie Township.

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Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich says 31-year old Ramon Ramirez of Allentown was shot and killed outside the convenience store. The second victim was injured and taken to a local hospital, where the Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin’s office says he is in stable condition after surgery. 

The DA’s office also reports the alleged suspect, a 45-year-old man from South Whitehall Township, later died by suicide nearby. 

A statement from Martin and Upper Macungie Township Police says there was no apparent motive or connection between the victims and the shooter. State and local officials say the investigation is ongoing.

The truck driver who lost his life this morning at the Wawa on Schantz Road was just starting his workday.

Thirty-one-year-old Ramon Ramirez of Allentown was pumping gas.

“Ramon has worked for us for a year and a half,” says Peter Dannecker, vice president of Risk and Integrated Resources at A. Duie Pyle, the Allentown trucking company where Ramirez worked.

Dannecker says they’re sorting through the shock. They’re focused on supporting the family, and Ramirez’s fellow employees.

“Good performer. Bought a house in the last year as I understand. Then through no fault of his own, no involvement whatsoever, he takes a bullet,” Dannecker says. 

The death of their coworker affected one and all, he said. 

“They’re going to tell their spouse about a coworker dying, and the spouse is going to wonder if it could have been their loved one, kids are going to wonder if it could have been their dad. It’s, it’s sad,” Dannecker says. 

District Attorney Martin says the alleged shooter died by suicide in a nearby parking lot. The incident is still under investigation.

“Za Uk Lian, 45 years old of South Whitehall Township, was pronounced a short time later just south of Wawa. The manner of his death was suicide,” says Coroner Minnich.

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