One dead one wounded at shooting at Target in Lower Nazareth Twp.

Written by on August 8, 2021

One dead one wounded at shooting at Target in Lower Nazareth Twp.

By Jim Deegan and Tyler Pratt

August 8, 2021

Police officers on the scene at the Target in Lower Nazareth Township after a shooting occurred in the parking lot. Photo | Tyler Pratt / WLVR

UPDATE 08/09/21 12:00PM

Northampton County District Attorney Terence Houck has identified the deceased male as 20-year-old Elijah Johnathan Johnson, of Barrett Township in Monroe County. The Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek says he died of multiple gunshot wounds and ruled his death a homicide. 

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Authorities locked down portions of a busy Northampton County shopping center Sunday after a shooting.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. outside the Target in Lower Nazareth Township.

Northampton County DA Terence Houck confirmed one person is dead and another wounded in a shooting outside the Target in Lower Nazareth Township.

Houck said he’s waiting to release a name until a next-of-kin is notified. Houck also said shots were exchanged after a “verbal altercation. Police are still investigating, but it appears two cars were involved in the shooting and another fled the scene.

Police remained on the scene and had taped off several sections of the upper parking lot as they marked evidence with yellow cones.

The area in front of the Target was taped off but some stores, like the nearby Burlington, were open. The nearby Wegmans on the lower level, off Route 248, also was closed to customers.

The shopping center and commercial strip at the Route 33 interchange is typically busy with customers and traffic on a Sunday afternoon.

Some had to wait to get back to their cars parked in a lot that was partially a crime scene.

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