UPPER MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - A driver hit a state trooper directing traffic amid a shooting investigation in Lehigh County, then kept going, state police said.
The trooper was one of many police officers who responded to Upper Macungie Township Wednesday morning after a deadly shooting spree in a Wawa parking lot.
The trooper was helping detour traffic off of Route 100 and onto Industrial Boulevard when one of the vehicles crossed through the intersection, state police said in a news release.
The trooper, who had lit several flares and was holding a flare himself, tried to jump out of the way, but the vehicle's front driver's side headlight area hit the trooper's leg, police said.
The driver kept going north on Route 100, which was closed at that point, but state police quickly stopped him.
State police said charges will be filed against the driver.
The trooper was treated at the hospital and released a short time later.
The incident happened just before 6 a.m., about an hour after the shooting spree first started. Authorities say two vehicles had an "encounter" on Route 22, and the driver of one opened fire on the other. Both vehicles ended up in the parking lot of Wawa at Route 100 and Schantz Road, where the alleged shooter shot two other drivers, seemingly at random.
One of them died, and the other was injured. The suspect then ran down Route 100 on foot and turned the gun on himself, officials said.