Police identify Lancaster shooting suspect


LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – Police have identified Raymond Speller as a suspect in the shooting death of Pedro Almodovar in the 300 block of Howard Avenue.

Detectives reviewed surveillance video and saw Speller walking to a red SUV and greeting Almodovar and the driver inside the vehicle. Moments later, Speller returned to the passenger side of the SUV and fired one shot into the vehicle, police said.

Further review of the video showed Speller and another man had been outside the Hillrise Apartments prior to the shooting.

While officers and detectives were at the scene of the homicide, an odor of smoke emitted from a residence in Hillrise that corresponded to the Howard Avenue shooting.

Smoke detector alarms were also heard from inside the same residence.

Lancaster Bureau of Fire and Hillrise management were contacted in order to check on the condition inside that residence.

When fire personnel and officers entered the home, they found the smoke was caused by unattended food that had been left on a hot stove. 

Detectives saw a Speller’s driver’s license on a tabletop inside the home.

Detectives believed that the shooting suspect captured on video was Speller and were able to confirm it after further investigation. The residence was ventilated by the Bureau of Fire and secured for a search warrant. 

The identity of the second man accompanying Speller is known but will not be released at this time, police said. 

Anyone with information on this incident or the location for Speller is asked to contact Lancaster Bureau of Police at 717-735-3301 or Lancaster Crime Stoppers at (800) 322-1913, or you can anonymously Text a Tip to Crime Stoppers by using your cell phone. Text LANCS plus your message to 847411. Callers may remain anonymous and do not have to give their names.   

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