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Reading man, 25, found fatally shot in apartment vestibule

DA: Victim was free on bail in earlier shooting

READING, Pa. - A Reading man was found fatally shot in the vestibule of a city apartment building early Monday morning.

RPD officers made the discovery after responding to the report of shots fired in the 200 block of South Fourth around 3:40 a.m.

"I heard shots, I'd say, about 3:30," said neighbor Wilson Ludwig. "It was quite a few, quite a few shots, and usually you don't hear that many."

The victim was subsequently identified as Danny Jimenez-Martinez, a 25-year-old city resident.

"He is known to this office," said Berks County District Attorney John Adams, adding that Jimenez-Martinez was free on bail in an aggravated assault case. "The incident that brought him to our attention involved violence, and again, it appears that he has been killed in an act of violence."

Jimenez-Martinez was arrested in May in connection with the shooting of another man outside a party in the 900 block of North Front Street in Reading.

"Could it be retaliation?" Adams said. "We have no idea. but we, of course, will look in every lead."

A block-long stretch of South Fourth, between Chestnut and Spruce streets, remained closed for several hours Monday while police conducted their on-scene investigation.

Investigators placed several yellow evidence markers on the sidewalk in front of the home where Jimenez-Martinez died, each one apparently indicating the location of a shell casing. Officers also took photos of what appeared to be several bullet holes in the building's front door.

So far, no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information about the homicide is being asked to contact Crime Alert Berks County via anonymous text to 847411, starting the message with keyword alertberks, or by calling 877-373-9913.

"Someone knows something. Someone saw something," Adams said. "They need to report it to the Reading police so that we can fully investigate this situation and bring those responsible to justice."

A cash reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.


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