4.02.13 UPDATE Re: March 24 Shooting (200 blk. W. King St.)

2 April 2013 by Cpt. Kent Switzer


Shortly before 3:55 am, Sunday 24 March 2013, Officers from the Lancaster Bureau of Police responded to the 200 block of W. King St, for a shots fired call. 

     Upon Officers arrival, they located a 21 year old Lancaster City man, who had been shot once in the leg. The male subject was taken to a local hospital and is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  Detectives responded to the scene, conducted numerous interviews throughout the day and processed the crime scene.

     The preliminary investigation conducted thus far has revealed that the victim was in an altercation, with three other individuals, during which time, one of the persons involved in this altercation fired a handgun, striking the victim in the leg.

     The investigation into this incident is on-going and Detectives are following up on several leads. We are asking anyone with information, to please contact the Lancaster City Bureau of Police at 735-3300.  Callers do not have to give their names to provide information.  The investigation into this incident is being conducted by Detectives George Bonilla and Robert Deeter.


     As the investigation into this shooting continued throughout last week, the following suspect was identified as the shooter by multiple witnesses…..

                                                                       Fidel G. Montanez, 39

                   1500 Blk Springside Dr

                   Lancaster Township

     The investigation revealed that this shooting took place in the rear parking lot of an after-hours club, located at 243 W. King St, after an initial verbal altercation inside that location between two groups of people and after both of these groups were told to leave the premises.  Once outside, the victim was physically assaulted by several suspects, during which time, Montanez had gone to a vehicle parked there and retrieved a gun, firing it several times, first in the air and then several additional times at the victim and the group of people he was with, striking the victim in the leg.       

     As a result, Det. George Bonilla charged Montanez with Criminal Attempt(to commit Homicide, F-1), Aggravated Assault(F-1) and Recklessly Endangering Another Person(M-2) before Magisterial District Judge Bruce Roth and a Warrant was obtained for his arrest on these charges on 27 March 13.  As Detectives searched for the whereabouts of Montanez, Det. Bonilla was contacted by an Attorney representing Montanez and Montanez subsequently turned himself in at the Police Station with the Attorney yesterday, April 1st shortly after 3:30 pm, at which point he was arrested.  He was then arraigned before Sr. Magisterial District Judge Daniel Garrett, who set bail at $100,000.00 cash.  A Bail Bondsman posted bail and he was subsequently released.

 As always, persons accused of crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.