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Shooting victim ID'd, Fourth Person Sought

Posted 8/21/12

Middletown Police have released the name of an 18-year-old Steelton man, who was fatally shot in a Middletown apartment building on Sunday, Aug. 19. Police also disclosed they are looking for an individual believed to have been involved in the …

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Shooting victim ID'd, Fourth Person Sought

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Police Chief Mark Hovan also said investigators believe the incident was not a random act and area residents “shouldn’t be worried.”

During a press conference Monday afternoon, Chief Hovan said Anthony Lorenzo Ramsey Jr., of the first block of South 4th Street, was shot during an attempted robbery at 9:34 p.m.

Ramsey and an unidentified man known only as “D” met with a man and a woman for a pre-arranged drug transaction involving marijuana, outside an apartment building in the first block of West Main Street, said Hovan.

Hovan would not identify if Ramsey was purchasing or selling the marijuana.

The man and woman, whose names have not been released by police, and Ramsey went inside the building. There, Ramsey brandished a 9 mm handgun, and “told the woman she had five seconds to empty her pockets and hand over everything she had to him,” said Hovan.

According to Hovan the man shot Ramsey, called 911, and tended to Ramsey’s injuries.

A fourth person allegedly involved in the shooting has been identified by police as “D.” Police are seeking information and his whereabouts. Hovan said “D” was not in the apartment building during the incident fled the scene and was last seen on foot running between 53 and 63 West Main Street. “D” is described as a black male in his early 20s, and is about 5’ 10” tall with a medium build.  Hovan added “D” has been seen at the Colonial Park Mall in Harrisburg. 

“D” is not currently being charged, said Hovan. “He seems to be the final person that was there that we know of.”

Ramsey was shot three times and was found in a stairwell of the apartment building, according to Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick during a press conference on Monday. Autopsy results showed two bullets struck Ramsey in the lungs and aorta while a third entered the victim’s arm. Hetrick said two of the shots were fatal. The victim died on the way to Hershey Medical Center at 10:15 p.m. “Nothing could have been done to save [him],” he said.

Police have not yet determined if the shooting was self-defense, said Hovan. “The investigation is still open,” he said.

No one involved has any direct connections to the apartment building or the residents in the building, and it is currently unclear if the people involved have a connection to Middletown, said Hovan.
While residents and neighbors have expressed concerns, Hovan said that police believe the incident is not random at this time.


“We let them know they shouldn’t be worried,” he said.

Anyone with information about “D” should call the Middletown police at (717) 948-3000.

Police are also looking for anyone who was there or has any additional information related to the case to step forward, said Hovan.

 

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