Man who po­lice say re­turned fire in shoot­ing ar­rested

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD - By An­drew Scott

Po­lice on Wed­nes­day even­ing ar­rested the man they say re­turned fire dur­ing a June 20 shootout in­jur­ing 10 peo­ple out­side an night­club, Al­len­town Po­lice Chief Glenn Granitz said.

Al­ready charged with car­ry­ing a gun with­out a li­cense in con­nec­tion with the shootout out­side Deja Vu night­club, Bryant San­ti­ago, 21, of Al­len­town, was ar­rested “with­out in­ci­dent” dur­ing an op­er­a­tion by Al­len­town po­lice and other law en­force­ment agen­cies, Granitz said.

On July 26, Le­high County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Jim Martin said San­ti­ago, a Bloods gang mem­ber, re­turned fire against ri­val Latin Kings gang mem­bers out­side the club. The three men sus­pected of shoot­ing the club go­ers have not been ar­rested.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors said San­ti­ago was iden­ti­fied through so­cial me­dia posts that show him wear­ing the same cloth­ing cap­tured on sur­veil­lance on the night of the Deja Vu at­tack.

Ac­cord­ing to court records filed on July 25:

Just be­fore 2 a.m. June 20, Al­len­town po­lice were called to the night­club, where they found sev­eral vic­tims suf­fer­ing gun­shot wounds.

Dur­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Al­len­town po­lice ob­tained video sur­veil­lance from sev­eral busi­nesses near the night­club.

Au­thor­i­ties say one of those videos show a man, later iden­ti­fied as San­ti­ago, duck­ing be­hind a parked ve­hi­cle as gun­shots ring out.

San­ti­ago then pulls a hand­gun from his waist­band and runs to the south­east cor­ner of Hamil­ton Street, where three muz­zle flashes ap­pear. Po­lice say those flashes were gun­shots.

To date, the only other per­son charged in the Deja Vu shoot­ing is an al­leged get­away driver, 20-year-old An­gelo Luis Rivera of Al­len­town. At a brief court hear­ing Wed­nes­day, au­thor­i­ties filed an ad­di­tional charge against Rivera, who is await­ing trial on charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit ag­gra­vated as­sault and two dru­gre­lated of­fenses. Rivera re­mains in Le­high County Jail with­out bail.

In ear­lier court records de­tail­ing the charges against Rivera, au­thor­i­ties said two men armed with AR-15 ri­fles ex­ited a Hyundai Elantra driven by Rivera. The men armed with AR-15s were ap­proached by a third man with a hand­gun, and then all three be­gan fir­ing on the club­go­ers.

Af­ter the shoot­ings, one of the shoot­ers re­turned to the car and the oth­ers fled on foot, ac­cord­ing to court records.

Po­lice used sur­veil­lance footage to quickly track down the get­away ve­hi­cle, which Rivera parked near his home in the 600 block of North Fourth Street, the records say. On his Face­book page, Rivera was shown flash­ing gang signs and open­ing his shirt to re­veal a chest tat­too of a five-pointed crown, a sym­bol of the Latin Kings street gang.

APRIL GAMIZ/THE MORN­ING CALL

Au­thor­i­ties say 10 peo­ple were shot out­side the Deja Vu night­club on June 20. A man has been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the shoot­ing.

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