Berks

Man tells police he shot brothers in 'a fit of rage'

Mario Morancy charged with 1st-, 3rd-degree murder

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - A Berks County man told police he was in "a fit of rage" when he got a shotgun and opened fire on two brothers Sunday afternoon.

"Very violent incident," said District Attorney John Adams. "One individual has lost his life and another individual is fighting for his life."

It all unfolded Sunday afternoon in the 1000 block of Jean Avenue in Muhlenberg Township.

"It was really scary. We tried to stay away from windows," said neighbor Samuel Foley, who has lived in the area for five years. "This is a really quiet neighborhood. Like every day, there are kids playing around outside."

A day later, investigators were still trying to piece together a motive for the violence.

"There must have been an altercation, which led Mario Morancy to go to this car and retrieve a shotgun, which he had in, I think, the trunk of his vehicle," Adams said.

"He [Morancy] shoots the first brother, Justin Montpeirous,.. on the lawn of 1025 Jean Avenue," Adams continued. "He then proceeds into 1025 Jean Avenue, where he shoots Justin's brother, Jeremy. He's hiding in a closet, and he shoots him three or four more times while he's hiding in a closet."

Morancy then fled the scene, but he later called 911 and said he wanted to surrender. Muhlenberg Township police apprehended him in the 4800 block of Kutztown Road.

Morancy, 26, was arraigned Monday on charges that include criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, and two counts of aggravated assault. He was committed to the Berks County Jail without bail.

Justin Montpeirous died after being rushed to Reading Hospital; Jeremy Montpeirous underwent emergency surgery and was admitted to the intensive care unit, where he was last reported to be in critical condition.

"It's a really sad thing to happen," said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. "Too close to home."

Morancy told detectives that he shot the brothers because he was "extremely humiliated" and enraged over being the victim of a previous assault, video of which was uploaded to the Snapchat social media website, according to court documents.

"Kind of early on in the investigation to know exactly what their relationship was, but there seemed to be some sort of dispute," Adams said. "We have reports that it was over money. We also have some reports that they may have been in some sort of venture together with rap music."


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