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Victim, shooter ID’d in Upper Macungie incident

Two men are dead and one is injured after three shooting incidents in the early morning hours Wednesday which began on Route 22 and ended at the Wawa on Route 100 at Schantz Road, Upper Macungie Township.

Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin at a 9 a.m. news conference said a shots fired complaint was called into Upper Macungie police via the 911 call center at 4:48 a.m.

Martin said there was an encounter between the male driver of a white Corolla and a white car driven by a woman on Route 22 between Route 309 and Cedar Crest Boulevard.

The woman was unaware her vehicle had been hit until she stopped at the Wawa for a sandwich and saw the bullet hole in her car.

She was not injured, Martin said, adding she was being interviewed by police.

The driver of the Corolla has been identified as Za Uk Lian, 45, of South Whitehall.

He was pronounced dead by Deputy Coroner Jackie Seidman at 7:46 a.m. outside 357 S. Route 100, Upper Macungie.

His manner of death was suicide. An autopsy will be performed today.

Martin said, the male driver of the Corolla, now identified as Lian, also drove into the Wawa, went to the south side of the store where a Jeep was and shot a man who was inside.

That man was receiving medical treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, for non-life-threatening injuries, Martin added.

Lian then shot and killed the male driver of an orange tractor-trailer who was pumping gas.

Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich has identified him as Ramon Ramirez, 31, of Allentown.

Ramirez was pronounced dead 5:30 a.m. Wednesday in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township.

His cause of death was a gunshot wound to the body. His manner of death was ruled a homicide.

An autopsy will be performed Thursday.

Lian then ran south on Route 100 about a quarter mile from the Wawa where he shot himself in the hand and chest, killing himself, Martin said.

There does not appear to be a motive for the shootings at this time, Martin said.

“They appear indiscriminate and unrelated,” Martin added.

Martin commended a Wawa employee who was taking out the trash for his quick response during the incident.

“While he was taking out the trash, he heard the gunshots and ushered two customers inside the store and alerted employees to shelter in place and locked the door,” Martin said. “All the credit goes to him.”

During the news conference, trooper First Class Nathan T. Branosky, community service officer with State Police Troop M, Bethlehem, said during the course of these incidents a trooper who was assisting with traffic control at Route 100 and Industrial Boulevard was struck by a vehicle.

“The trooper did receive medical treatment at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township, and has since been released,” Branosky said.

Upper Macungie Township Police Chief Michael Sitoski, thanked his officers and troopers from State Police Troop M, Fogelsville, for their quick response.

“This prevented any further incidents from the perpetrator,” Sitoski said.

Pennsylvania State Police investigators conduct a search of the shooter's car at the Wawa on Route 100, Fogelsville. PRESS PHOTO BY LOU WHEELAND
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin conducts a news conference at the Wawa on Route 100 S., Fogelsville. Lehigh County Coroner Eric Minnich is behind him. Upper Macungie Police Chief Mike Sitoski; Lt. Matt Tremba, Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Investigator; Lou Tallarico, Chief Detective, Lehigh County; and trooper Nathan Branosky, Pennsylvania State Police, listen to Martin's presentation.