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One man killed another wounded after gun battle in parking lot of Pennsylvania Target store

One man is killed and another is wounded after gun battle breaks out in parking lot of Pennsylvania Target store as photos show blood-smeared gun dumped at the scene

  • Police were called to a shooting at a Target store in Lower Nazareth Township near Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Two people were taken to hospital with one person later dying from their injuries 
  • The shooting happened at around 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon 
  • Two cars pulled up in the parking before occupants began firing at each other 

Police in Pennsylvania are investigating a shooting that took place in the parking lot of a Target store that left one person dead.

Bullets were fired around 2:15pm at a strip mall in Lower Nazareth Township near Allentown.

Two people were hit with one person later succumbing to their injuries at a local hospital. 

One other person is currently listed in stable condition. 

Police were called to a shooting at a Target store in Lower Nazareth Township near Allentown, Pennsylvania

The shooting happened at around 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon

The shooting happened at around 2:30pm on Sunday afternoon

A gun is visible next to an evidence marker Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Target in Lower Nazareth Township

A gun is visible next to an evidence marker Sunday afternoon in the parking lot of the Target in Lower Nazareth Township

Two people were wounded in a shooting outside the Target off of Route 248 in Lower Nazareth Township, authorities said

Two people were wounded in a shooting outside the Target off of Route 248 in Lower Nazareth Township, authorities said

Police say at least two cars pulled up to the strip mall at Lower Nazareth Commons when the altercation later took place according to 6Action News.

Several 911 calls were placed from the scene from concerned individuals.

An eye witness, Hunter Phillips, 21, told Morning Call that he was in the parking lot with his father when gunshots rang out. 

Phillips explained how he saw a man leaning over the hood of a white car and firing towards a black car.

Two people were taken to hospital with one person later dying from their injuries

Two people were taken to hospital with one person later dying from their injuries

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck, left,  said one car was in the lot when at least one additional car drove up. "Two people were hit. One was killed. The other one is currently in the hospital in what we're being told is stable condition," the district attorney said

Northampton County District Attorney Terry Houck, left,  said one car was in the lot when at least one additional car drove up. ‘Two people were hit. One was killed. The other one is currently in the hospital in what we’re being told is stable condition,’ the district attorney said

Meanwhile, a man sitting in the driver’s seat of the black vehicle was firing back. 

The area in front of the store was taped off while at least a dozen police cars were situated around the parking lot as an investigation began. 

A handgun could also be seen on the ground next to various evidence markers together with blood stained clothing.

Another witness, John Volpe, told how he was in the store when there was a sudden rush to leave the shop as word of a shooter spread.

Two cars pulled up in the parking before occupants began firing at each other. Pictured, overturned shopping carts are seen in the parking lot

Two cars pulled up in the parking before occupants began firing at each other. Pictured, overturned shopping carts are seen in the parking lot 

One Target worker told how customers started running back into the store after the shooting.   

‘We all had to shelter-in-place and the police locked down the lot,’ Jayden Ofray told NBC10. 

Either way, panic quickly spread throughout the store. 

‘At first I was really, really scared; I thought I was going to pass out,’ Tammy Lee James said to WFMZ. ‘The girls were screaming and I went back for my purse, they went with the woman who was handling the fitting room department.’ 

Investigators have not given any further details as to what led to the shooting.

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