Police investigating deadly shooting in Lancaster

LANCASTER, Pa. --A deadly shooting in Lancaster is under investigation.

Police say they were dispatched  following reports of a shooting in the area of South Lime and Juniata Streets around 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

When they arrived on scene, they found 24-year-old Luis Perez on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to his chest.

Police spent hours canvassing the area and interviewing witnesses searching for the person responsible.

Witnesses who were in the area at the time of the incident told police that there had been a verbal dispute between the victim and a group of three males, who were walking in the area.

According to preliminary information, the verbal dispute turned into a physical altercation and during the altercation a gunshot was fired, striking the victim in the torso.

Perez walked a short distance before collapsing, while the suspects fled the scene on foot and were last seen running East in the 100 block of Juniata Street toward South Plum Street.

The suspects were described as two black males in dark colored clothing and a lighter skinned, possibly Hispanic male, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

Investigators are reviewing video surveillance footage from around the area.

On Wednesday, family and friends gathered for a candle light vigil.

"They killed him for no reason," said Jay Sanchez, cousin. "He has two kids, his birthday was next month, those cowards killed him," he added.

"He was a good father, a good friend," said Jenine Morales, family friend.

“He was always friendly with everybody," said Isaiah Del Rosario, cousin. "I always used to tell him to stop being so nice to everybody because people are going to take advantage of that. He was my boy he never had problems with anyone," he added.

Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to call Lancaster City Police at (717) 735-3300 or Lancaster City-County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-322-1913.

This is a developing story. It will be updated when more information becomes available. 

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