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Double shooting in Allentown found to be gang-related homicides

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The investigation into the double shooting that left two men dead in Allentown was found to be a gang-related dispute. 

The Oct. 3 incident left Keith Minick, 24, and Richard Vera, 28, suffering from gunshot wounds in the 700 block of 4th Street near the intersection with Washington Street. Both men were rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, where they later died. 

The autopsies performed by Lehigh County Coroner Scott Grim ruled Minick's cause of death as gunshot wounds to the torso and Vera's cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. Both deaths were ruled a homicide.

Detectives from the Allentown Police Department and the Lehigh County Homicide Task Force investigated the incident and obtained mounted cameras from a building, which showed videos of five men involved in an argument.

Upon further investigation, Minick was found to be a suspected member of the G-Shine Bloods and Vera was found to be a confirmed member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods. 

Officials determined from the video footage that Minick and another member of the G-Shine Bloods were walking north on the west side of 4th Street.

When they came near 750 4th Street, Vera and another confirmed member of the Bounty Hunter Bloods along with a confirmed member of the East Side Piru Bloods were sitting on the porch and were then seen heading to the sidewalk. 

Footage shows a brief discussion between the groups, a punch thrown and the separation of the sides. Minick then pulled a handgun from his waist and Vera did the same, firing at each other. 

During the shooting, a gang member in Vera's group, Erick Jordan Guzman, ran toward a corner where he is seen on video firing a handgun in the direction of Minick and Vera. Officials believe his intent was to fire at Minick, but say it is likely he hit Vera two times in the leg. 

A complaint was filed against Guzman charging him as a person not to possess a firearm, according to the DA's report. The charge was based on video evidence and he was apprehended. When he was arrested, he was also in possession of a different concealed firearm and was charged with a second count of person not to possess a firearm and one count of firearms not to be carried without a license. 

Guzman is currently in Lehigh County Jail in lieu of bail. 

The investigation further revealed that the other gang member on Vera's side owed Minick $40 for marijuana, but it was determined by the DA the dispute went deeper and was an ongoing battle between G-Shine Bloods and Bounty Hunter Bloods for dominance.

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