Lehigh Valley

Police seek suspect who fired gun near Musikfest during opening night

No injuries have been reported after gunshots rang out near Main and Raspberry streets

Gunfire near Musikfest

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - About a block away from Musikfest's opening festivities, a teenager opened fire Friday night. 

Witnesses reported to police that two groups of teenagers "had an encounter" leading to a black male teenager firing a handgun one or two times in the area of Main Street and Raspberry Street around 10:45 p.m., just fifteen minutes before Musikfest's end time.

Bethlehem Police initially responded to a report of a fight in the unit block of West Broad Street when they heard the shots fired around the corner.

Police then relocated to the area of the gunshots, where witnesses recounted the events and told police that "multiple youths fled the area including the male shooter."

Police say the teenagers were at or were headed to Musikfest.

The suspect is described as an 18 year old black male wearing pants with his underwear, polka-dot boxers, sticking out.

Police have since detained one male, though his level of involvement is still being investigated. They also located a handgun in the area of the shooting.

There is no suspect at this time.

No injuries have been reported, and police note that there was no evidence of anyone being struck by gunfire at the scene.

Bethlehem Police are continuing to investigate and ask that anyone with information about this shooting call Bethlehem detectives at 610-865-7187 or Detective Christopher Beebe at 610-997-7681.


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