2nd man charged in fatal shooting outside Lower Nazareth mall surrenders – The Morning Call

A Harrisburg man charged with a fatal shooting at a mall in Lower Nazareth Township last year has turned himself in to Colonial Regional Police.

Kevin Littles, 22, of the 600 block of Lemar Avenue in Harrisburg turned himself in Wednesday, the Northampton County District Attorney’s Office said. He will be arrested later in the evening.

The development comes nearly two weeks after authorities announced charges against him and another Harrisburg man, Jakiye Taylor, in connection with an Aug. 8, 2021, shooting in the Lower Nazareth Commons parking lot, home to Target and Burlington Coat. Factory. , among other stores.

Northampton County District Attorney Terence Houck said Taylor and Littles face charges of criminal homicide, robbery causing grievous bodily harm, robbery by unlawful seizure, firearms not to be carried without a license and recklessly endangering another person, among other things.

Taylor, 18, was arrested and arraigned May 5. He is being held in Monroe County Jail without bond.

“I would like to thank the Colonial Regional Police Department, Palmer Township Police Department, Northampton County Detectives and members of the Pennsylvania State Police who diligently conducted this investigation,” said Houck said. “Your dedication to completing investigations like this deserves high praise as it helps us solve cases and keep our communities safe.”

Elijah Johnson, 20, was shot in the head and shoulder in what Houck described as a drug deal that turned into an attempted robbery. Johnson fell into the passenger side of a car parked in the back of the mall parking lot and was later pronounced dead.

Jayzell Sanders, 23, was injured when the shots rang out and was later found bleeding outside the Target store.

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According to Houck, Sanders told police that Johnson contacted him earlier in the day and asked Sanders to accompany him to a factory outlet in Monroe County, where the two men lived, but they instead makes a detour to the target where the shooting occurred.

Sanders said Johnson was armed with a Smith & Wesson .22 caliber handgun, and when he parked the car, two men entered the back of their vehicle. Sanders determined Johnson was there to deal drugs and said he was tasked with retrieving a black bag from the trunk that he said contained what authorities said was five pounds of marijuana.

According to Sanders, he gave the bag to the two men in the back of the car. He said they both pulled out handguns and pointed them. Johnson began to struggle with one of the men, while Sanders got out of the car and started running towards the target.

Sanders claimed that one of the men got out of the vehicle and began shooting at him, so he returned fire with his own gun, which was later found near the entrance to the store. Sanders was charged with reckless endangerment and carrying a firearm without a license. He is free on bail pending trial.

Houck said Taylor and Littles got away with four pounds of marijuana. Police found the other book in the car, along with a handgun and ammunition.

A forensic examination of Johnson’s cell phone, which included text messages and Snapchat app messages, led police to Taylor and Littles and the men were further linked to the crimes through DNA evidence, Houck said, noting how crucial phones are to investigations.

“You give me your cell phone and I can tell you what kind of person you are,” he said. “You live on your phone.”