No suspects in shooting deaths of four
READING — Police in a small Pennsylvania city haven’t identified any suspects in a quadruple homicide that’s believed to be among the deadliest shootings in the area in recent history, officials said Monday.
The victims, all men, were shot several times, and their bodies were found Sunday evening in the first-floor apartment of a row home, said James Marasco Jr., deputy chief of the Reading Police Department. The department doesn’t believe the killings were random.
“We cannot remember any time in recent history when this many people were shot at one time,” Marasco said.
Three of the victims have been identified: Jarlyn Lantigua-Tejada, 20; Juan Rodriguez, 23, and Joshua Santos, 20. The fourth man has not yet been named, though he is believed to be in his early 20s.
About a dozen mourners gathered in front of the apartment around noon Monday. They lit white prayer candles near the doorway of the building and released white, star-shaped balloons as music played and police shuffled in and out of the home. It was the second quadruple shooting in the state on Sunday. In the western community of Melcroft, a gunman killed four people and injured a fifth person at a car wash.