Park City Update: Lancaster teen charged with attempted homicide, bystander faces no charges

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Editor’s Note: The spelling of Jeremiahs Sanchez’s name has been corrected.

(WHTM) — The Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office hosted a press conference Friday morning to address the ongoing investigation into the Park City Center shooting from last Sunday.

They say 16-year-old Jeremiahs Sanchez of Lancaster will be charged as an adult with 2 counts of criminal attempted homicide, 3 counts of aggravated assault, and 52 counts of recklessly endangering others, and three firearm possession charges. He is in the hospital under police guard.

Courtesy: Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office via Crimewatch

The bystander who shot back at the suspect will not face any charges.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon where police say there was an altercation between two men in the mall’s JCPenney area. During this, they say multiple shots were fired.

They said it started when 18-year-old Elijah Deliz observed Sanchez and three others walking from center court to the JCPenney wing. After that Deliz confronted Sanchez near Reeds Jewelry Store and a fight erupted.

After that, other people got involved and Sanchez pulled a gun and fired twice towards Deliz, with one hitting him in the thigh. The other shot struck an uninvolved woman in the arm.

They say the gun was stolen from Lebanon County.

One of the rounds shattered a glass door and wall in Sephora while many were inside.

An uninvolved bystander, after hearing the shots, joined the altercation and later fired their gun and struck Sanchez, kicked the gun away, and held him at gunpoint until police arrived. Police mention he was carrying his gun legally.

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Police say six shots total were fired from the two guns. Both weapons were recovered by the police.

The original armed suspect was hospitalized after being shot and is now in police custody. Two men and one woman were who got involved in the altercation were also injured but are expected to survive.

The question now is whether the bystander, who police say is a 50-year-old man who’s been cooperative, will be charged for firing his legally owned gun at the shooting suspect. Park City Center currently has a no-gun policy on the property.

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