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Police: Suspect, 17, in double shooting near Musikfest surrenders

Shooting suspect surrenders

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A 17-year-old boy wanted for a double shooting that happened near Musikfest has surrendered to authorities, police said.

Julius Jose Cortijo, of Allentown, was arrested at police headquarters in Bethlehem at around noon Sunday.

Cortijo was wanted on a slew of charges that include two counts of criminal attempted homicide, aggravated assault and recklessly endangering other people. Police said he is being charged as an adult.

He's behind bars on $1 million bail.

Cortijo has ties to a gang, police said.

He was wanted for allegedly shooting two males at West Garrison and Masslich streets around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. Many people were still leaving MusikFest at the time.

The two people who were shot were taken to the hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening, officials said.

Police said a large crowd gathered near Garrison and Guetter streets turned rowdy when some sort of fight erupted. Moments later, police said shots were fired in the area of Garrison and Masslich streets.

The incident on Tuesday is one of three incidents involving gunfire near MusikFest.

On Friday, Aug. 1, the opening night of MusikFest, shots were fired at Main and Raspberry streets. No one was hurt in that incident.

On Thursday, gunshots rang out just before 1 a.m. in the area of Fourth and Pierce streets, near the Happy Tap Grill.

A man approached the victim, who had just left the bar, pulled out a handgun and shot the 24-year-old Lehigh County man, according to Bethlehem Police Chief Mark DiLuzio.

The victim was hit by gunfire in his torso and ran away from the shooter to the area of Second Street and Founders Way, near Musikfest, where police found him.

DiLuzio said police took the victim to St. Luke's Hospital in nearby Fountain Hill, Lehigh County, for treatment. The man was listed in stable condition Thursday morning.

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