Two Pennsylvania boys were killed while playing with their kittens outside their home. A third person was also killed when a gunman opened fire on a teenager.
In a “truly heartbreaking” shooting in Lebanon on Tuesday, 8-year-old Jesus Perez-Salome was found dead on his back porch, and his brother, 9-year-old Sebastian Perez-Salome, died at a nearby hospital. This was said by Mayor Sherry Capello.
Joshua Lugo-Perez, who was 19 years old, was also killed. Police think he was the intended target.
“As a result of this event, two children have died. “They were outside with their kittens and had nothing to do with this,” said Pier Hess Graf, the district attorney for Lebanon County. “Two of their mother’s children died that night,” she said.
So far, police have caught two suspects and are looking for a third, said Lebanon Police Chief Bret Fisher at a press conference on Thursday.
Lugo-Perez was also taken to the hospital, where doctors said he was dead. Police said that he had a fight with the suspects before.
Fisher said, “At this point, we still think that Lugo was the target of the gunfire.” “This happened because of a fight in the past.”
Authorities say that a fourth person, 33-year-old Luis Cancel, was also hurt in the shooting. He is likely to get better.
Graf said that a man and a teenager were arrested on Wednesday and charged with three counts of criminal homicide, one count of aggravated assault, and conspiring to commit criminal homicide.
Fisher said that when the police searched a building, the two suspects tried to run away.
Fisher said that one of the suspects was caught right away and the other was caught three hours later.
The Lebanon Daily News said that the alleged killers were Alex Torres-Santos, who was 22 years old, and James Fernandez-Reyes, who was 16 years old.
Officers are still looking for the third suspect, a man they don’t know who he is.
Graf said that prosecutors would decide if they wanted to go for the death penalty or not.
She said of the choice, “It’s not one we make lightly.”