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Arrest made in fatal July 4th shooting of Allentown teen

Authorities said 19-year-old was shot in the back

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Investigators allege a member of the Bloods street gang fatally shot a teenager in the back this summer after a fight concerning the victim’s girlfriend.

Authorities charged Shadre “BG” Leach, of the 300 block of Law Street, with single counts of criminal homicide and aggravated assault in connection to the July 4 shooting death of 19-year-old Javard R. Lane and the shooting of his brother, Jamil Howard.

District Judge Karen Devine arraigned the 25-year-old Wednesday afternoon. He was denied bail and sent to Lehigh County Jail.

Allentown police were dispatched to the area of North Law and Oak streets shortly before 3 p.m. July 4 to investigate a reported shooting. Officers arrived to find Lane suffering from a single gunshot wound to the back. He was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, where he died about an hour later.

Shortly after police arrived to find Lane, officers were dispatched to Sacred Heart Hospital at 421 Chew St., where Howard was found with two gunshot wounds to the leg. He was taken to St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill for treatment.

Authorities found shell casings, blood and several witnesses in the 500 block of Oak Street, according to court records.

Howard told police that his brother had gone to Oak Street to confront Leach about allegedly punching Lane’s girlfriend, according to records. After the two men fought, Leach allegedly grabbed a handgun and began firing as Lane walked away.

Witnesses said Lane fell and his brother was shot.

Investigators said one witness watched the fight and told authorities that Leach grabbed a gun and shot Lane. A second witness reported seeing the two men fighting. She heard gunshots after she went inside and came back out to see Lane suffering from a gunshot wound.

The Allentown Police Department and Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office investigated the shooting. Court records indicate that investigators asked a judge to seal Leach’s arrest warrant for 60 days because his whereabouts were unknown and the murder weapon had not been found.

Authorities were also concerned about witness intimidation because the investigation revealed Leach is associated with the Bloods street gang, while Lane was reportedly associated with the Crips street gang.

Leach’s next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for Oct. 25.

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