Allentown police make arrest in July homicide, 1 daytime shooting still unsolved
October 19, 2017
A suspected Bloods street gang member is the man police say fired the gun this summer in daytime homicide, one of several brazen, afternoon shootings in Allentown over the last four months.
Shadre Quamire Leach of Allentown is accused of shooting Javard Lane, 19, in the back on July 4 on Oak Street, killing him, according to court records.
A warrant was issued for Leach’s arrest the next day, but remained sealed until recently, online court records show. Graves was arrested over the summer months in New Jersey, Allentown police said, and was extradited Wednesday to face charges in Lane’s death.
With Leach’s extradition, Allentown police have identified or arrested suspects in all but one of the daytime shootings in the last four months.
The Sept. 19 shooting death of Parris Graves, 37, remains unsolved. Graves was shot at 1:18 p.m. in the 600 block of Monroe Street, an alley near Church and Chew streets, and died at an area hospital an hour and ten minutes later, according to officials.
On Aug. 2, police responded to another daytime shooting during a fight that left a man with facial lacerations. A man has been charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, police say.
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Shortly after noon on Oct. 3, two men were shot and killed near the intersection of North Fourth and Washington streets in Allentown. Initially, witnesses told police two men were seen running from the area, but Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said preliminary indications are 28-year-old Richard Vera Jr. and 24-year-old Keith Minick shot and killed one another.
In the July killing, Leach, 25, of the 300 block of North Law Street, is charged with homicide and aggravated assault and is being held without bail in Lehigh County Jail. Leach is accused of shooting and Lane in the 500 block of Oak Street and shooting Lane’s brother Jamil Howard twice in the leg.
Court records indicate Leach was extradited Wednesday based on an arrest warrant July 5. At that time, police requested the warrant be sealed because they were unaware of Leach’s whereabouts and were concerned about the safety of witnesses. Police said Leach was arrested over the summer, but his extradition was delayed.
Court records indicate that police believe Leach is a member of the Bloods street gang and Lane was a member of the Crips street gang. However, witnesses told police the dispute originated with an incident involving Lane’s girlfriend and Leach.
According to court records, about 2:57 p.m. on July 4, Lane, of Cleveland Street, was found with a gunshot wound to his back on Oak Street after police responded to a report of a shooting. He was rushed to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest where he died about an hour later.
Lane’s brother, Howard, was dropped off at Sacred Heart Hospital a short time later suffering from two gunshot wounds to the leg, police said.
Howard said Lane went to Oak Street to confront Leach about an earlier incident in which Leach had punched Lane’s girlfriend, according to court records. The dispute escalated into a fight, however, and when that ended, Leach got a gun and shot Lane in the back as Lane walked away, police said.
Police said two other witnesses, who are not identified in court records, said Leach was the shooter.
A preliminary hearing on the charges against Leach is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. Oct. 25 before District Judge Karen Devine in Allentown.
P.a:(Allentown) blood caught in Jersey extradited back(killed Crip who came 2 defense of g.f punched in her face)
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