Target Shooting: Man wounded in deadly gunfire outside store facing charges

A man wounded in gunfire outside a department store in eastern Pennsylvania that killed another man over the weekend is now facing charges in the case, authorities said Monday.

Elijah Johnson, 20, of Barrett Township, was the person who died after multiple gunshot wounds outside the Target store in Lower Nazareth Township, Northampton County authorities said. His death was ruled a homicide.

Prosecutors said 22-year-old Jayzell Sanders of the Mount Pocono area was taken to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the right shoulder after the gunfire shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday in the Lower Nazareth Commons lot.

Prosecutors said Sanders told Colonial Regional police detectives that he was in the front passenger seat of a car in the lot when two males from another car got into the back seat. He said those two men started to argue, so he got out of the car and started to run for toward the front of the store. Prosecutors said he told investigators that the males started shooting at him, so he returned fire and, while running, placed the pistol under a car parked in the lot.


District Attorney Terence Houck said he is not releasing where Johnson was when he was shot or whether he was with the other men, but said that it is not a random incident, The Allentown Morning Call reported.

Prosecutors said Sanders is charged with having a firearm without the proper license and with recklessly endangering another person. Court documents don't list a defense attorney and a listed number for Sanders couldn't be found Monday.



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