Reading police identify shooting victim in bizarre series of events

Reading police identify shooting victim in bizarre series of events

READING, Pa. - Police in Reading are continuing to investigate a bizarre series of events that left a 24-year-old Muhlenberg Township man shot to death early Friday morning.

Officials said the shooting followed a related robbery reported hours earlier, around 10 p.m. Thursday, at the same location in the 200 block of S. 13th St.

During that first incident, police said Florencio Roman-Quinones III, 27, of Reading, robbed an unidentified 60-year-old man of his car keys and jewelry. The victim called police and an arrest warrant was issued for Roman-Quinones.

In response, Roman-Quinones then returned to the victim's location with two other males - one, unidentified, the other, identified as Christopher Vasquez, police said.

"[Roman-Quinones] did not want the individual who reported the robbery to report that to police and he wanted the victim to contact police and have the charges withdrawn, and that was not going to happen," said District Attorney John Adams.

Adams said a violent scuffle then ensued between the men.

According to police, the three suspects began attacking the robbery victim. Adams said an unidentified witness who lives with the robbery victim then shot Vasquez.

"Preliminarily, this appears to be a justified shooting, however we will make a final ruling once the autopsy is completed and the investigation is completed, which we do believe will take place in the very near future," said Adams.

After the shooting, Vasquez reportedly managed to walk to a car, where Roman-Quinones tried to drive him to Reading Hospital, police said.

Officers attempted to stop the vehicle near S. 2nd Street, where it was reportedly driving the wrong way. Police said a pursuit began and continued to Reading Hospital, where Roman-Quinones was arrested. Vasquez was pronounced dead.

In a statement to 69 News from Vasquez's girlfriend, she writes: "I loved him more than anything. He was a dedicated father and loved football. He was loving and caring and always brought a smile to people's faces. He was wrapped in the wrong things and hanging around the wrong people."

As of now, Adams said the shooter is not facing charges.

Roman-Quinones is charged with robbery, simple assault, and other offenses.

Police have not identified the third assault suspect. Investigators believe all of the individuals involved knew each other before the incidents.

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