A 39-year-old Minersville man was shot dead overnight in Lebanon, police announced Saturday morning.
Lebanon City Police Chief Todd Breiner said in a release that officers were dispatched to the area of North Seventh & Willow streets at 1:14 a.m. Saturday for a report of a gunshot fired and a victim on the sidewalk.
Breiner said that police found a man with apparent gunshot wound. The Lebanon County Coroner’s office pronounced him dead at the scene.
Police said the victim was a 39-year-old Minersville resident but have not further identified the man as of publication time.
Police said that the involved parties had been patrons of the business at the corner of North Seventh and Willow streets. An argument began inside, police said, and the parties had moved it outside and gotten physical.
Police said that the suspect displayed a handgun at some point in the argument and believe that this handgun was discharged into the victim. The suspect then fled the scene in a vehicle parked in the nearby lot.
The business was not identified in the police release, but LebTown has reached out for more information and will update this post with additional information once available.
Update: Lebanon police declined to identify the business by name, but noted that only one establishment in the vicinity is open at that time. This would appear to be the LaughLounge, located at 40 N. Seventh St. and typically open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Police said the suspect was described as a darker skin male, approximately 5’9″, and that an investigation is underway. An autopsy of the victim is also being scheduled.
The public is asked to contact Lebanon City Police at 717-272-2054 or CrimeStoppers at 717-270-9800 with any information pertaining to this incident. Tips can be made anonymously.
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