Ac­cused get­away driver in shoot­ing waives hear­ing

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Manuel Gamiz Jr.

The man ac­cused of driv­ing three gun­men who opened fire out­side the Deja Vu night­club in Al­len­town on June 20 gave up his right to a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing Tues­day.

An­gelo Luis Rivera, 20, of Al­len­town, is the only per­son in cus­tody for the gang-re­lated shoot­ing, which left 10 peo­ple in­jured by gun­fire.

It is con­sid­ered one of the Le­high Val­ley’s worst mass shoot­ings in his­tory.

Rivera is charged with crim­i­nal con­spir­acy to com­mit ag­gra­vated as­sault and two dru­gre­lated of­fenses. He ap­peared be­fore Se­nior Judge Charles Craw­ford to waive his hear­ing and was re­turned to Le­high County Jail.

Wit­nesses told po­lice they were leav­ing the club about 1:56 a.m. when three masked and armed men ap­proached from Race Street to­ward Hamil­ton Street and opened fire into the crowd. Two of the men were armed with AR-15 ri­fles and the other had a hand­gun, po­lice said.

Ten peo­ple were struck by gun­fire, but au­thor­i­ties have never said how se­verely they were in­jured.

Us­ing sur­veil­lance cam­eras, po­lice tracked Rivera flee­ing in a Hyundai Elantra to his home in the 600 block of North Fourth Street. There, po­lice found an AR-15 ri­fle and a ski mask, which had been left be­hind by one of the gun­men, ac­cord­ing to court records.

A month af­ter the shoot­ing, au­thor­i­ties dis­closed that a fourth gun­man, Bryant San­ti­ago, of Al­len­town, was also in­volved.

San­ti­ago, a 20-year-old sus­pected mem­ber of the Bloods, was in­side the club and re­turned fire on the three gun­men, who au­thor­i­ties say were mem­bers of the Latin Kings gang.

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