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Police: Accused shooter shot both victims through a door

Custody dispute ends in wife, boyfriend shot

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Authorities allege that the Allentown man accused of shooting his estranged wife and her boyfriend in a custody dispute shot both victims through closed doors after his mother drove him to the apartment.

Bethlehem police charged Anthony Delgado III, of the 100 block of East Chew Street, with five counts each of attempted homicide and reckless endangerment in connection to the shootout Friday night inside an East Sixth Street apartment.

District Judge Robert Hawke arraigned the 35-year-old early Saturday morning, setting bail at $1 million.

Police said the incident began unfolding early Friday as Delgado engaged in a running argument with Haydee Delgado and David Spence over text messages and phone calls. Investigators said the Delgados have been separated for about a year and had been arguing Friday about custody of their son for the weekend.

After Delgado began insulting his wife, Spence reportedly told him not to threaten her, prompting Delgado to allegedly threaten the boyfriend, according to court records.

Police said Delgado’s mother drove him to his wife’s East Sixth Street apartment about 7:20 p.m. Authorities allege Delgado hid a sawed-off Mossberg .22 rifle under his sweatshirt and headed toward the second-floor apartment.

Delgado began pounding on the door, demanding that his wife hand over his son. Spence allegedly argued with Delgado as Haydee Delgado told her husband to leave. When Delgado asked if Spence was behind the door, he allegedly fired and shot his wife, according to court records.

Police report Delgado kicked in the door and chased Spence through the apartment to a bedroom, where he allegedly shot Spence in the head through the closed door.

Haydee Delgado’s sister, who lived downstairs, tried to get the boy out of the apartment with the help of the alleged shooter’s mother. Spence made his way to the stop of the stairs, and Delgado fired at him over the heads of his son, mother and sister-in-law, striking Spence twice in the right arm.

Investigators allege Delgado ran from the apartment and tried to ditch the gun in a wooded area. Police said they tracked him through the snow.

Along with the attempted homicide and reckless endangerment charges, Delgado also faces two counts of aggravated assault and single counts of burglary, illegal possession of a firearm, child endangerment, carrying a firearm without a license and altering a weapon.

Delgado failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 28.

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