Authorities still don’t know why a man opened fire at a Wawa in Upper Macungie Twp.

Written by on April 29, 2021

A week later authorities still don’t know why a man opened fire at a Wawa in Upper Macungie Twp.

By Tyler Pratt

April 29, 2021

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.

The Lehigh County District Attorney has released more details about the deadly shooting incident last week in Upper Macungie Township. 

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The shooter, Za Uk Lian, was from Myanmar. According to Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin, he came to the U.S. in 2013. He arrived in the Lehigh Valley about two years ago when he was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.

Lian worked at a nearby Home Depot warehouse but hadn’t been there in nearly two weeks. Nine days before the shooting he was positive for COVID-19. 

Martin says Lian’s motive remains unknown. His report states, in the early morning hours of April 21, he shot a woman’s car while driving on Route 22. He then went to the Wawa on Schantz Road and Route 100, but video footage shows no interaction between him and the two men he shot. One died, one was injured. 

Lian also pointed his gun at a group of people in the parking lot. And he attempted to apprehend two different vehicles but fled down the road on foot as law enforcement arrived. Lian then shot and killed himself. 

Jim Martin says Lian’s phone and other electronic devices were recovered in his home, but haven’t yielded answers as to why the crimes were committed. 

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