One arrested in Walmart lot shooting that killed one, injured another

WHITEHALL, Pa. (AP) — A man has been arrested in a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart store in eastern Pennsylvania that killed a woman and wounded another person, authorities said.

Edward Joel Rosario-Jimenez, 23, was charged Sunday with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault as well as a firearms offense, Lehigh County prosecutors and Whitehall Township police said.

Officers called to the Whitehall Township Walmart parking lot just before 7 p.m. Friday found two victims near a parked car with the engine still running. The county coroner’s office said the woman had one or more gunshot wounds to the body and was pronounced dead shortly after 7:30 p.m. Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest.

An autopsy is scheduled Monday. The woman’s name and other details weren’t released pending notification of relatives. No information was immediately available about the second victim.

Authorities said store surveillance video showed the victim’s vehicle arriving in an area of the merchandise pickup lot and within minutes a sport utility vehicle parking in front of that vehicle. A witness who told police she had gone to the parking lot to pick up her child, who is also the child of one of the shooting victims, said she and two other people arrived in the SUV, which was driven by the defendant.


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