Lancaster Party Dispute Escalates to Shooting, Suspect to Face Court

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LANCASTER, PA — In a case that has gripped Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a local man is set to face multiple charges in the Lancaster County Court following an altercation that ended in gunfire and serious injury. Angelo Rosario, 24, of West King Street, will be arraigned on April 26, with his bail set at $100,000.

The incident, which unfolded in the early hours of February 21, 2024, near Fourth Street and S. West End Ave. in Lancaster Township, began with an argument at a party. According to testimony presented by First Assistant District Attorney Travis Anderson during a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Mary Sponaugle on March 27, the dispute quickly escalated outside the venue.

Rosario and the victim, who had earlier been at the Queen Street Bistro in Lancaster city, found themselves embroiled in a heated exchange that led to Rosario allegedly opening fire. The victim, along with his group, was targeted while standing at their car, resulting in the victim being struck and the vehicle sustaining 6-7 bullet impacts. The aftermath saw the victim hospitalized for multiple days, undergoing two surgeries to address the injuries sustained.

Evidence collected at the scene included 10-11 9mm shell casings. Witnesses to the incident reported seeing Rosario flee in a silver Volkswagen Jetta. A subsequent search warrant executed on the vehicle uncovered a Ruger 9mm handgun, which investigations revealed was not registered to Rosario, who, due to prior convictions, is prohibited from possessing firearms.

Rosario faces three counts of aggravated assault among other charges including illegal possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, carrying a firearm without a license, criminal mischief, and recklessly endangering another person.

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As Rosario prepares for his court appearance, the community awaits a resolution, hoping for justice for the victim and a step forward in the fight against crime in Lancaster.

Please note that information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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