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Harrisburg man charged with several crimes following Swatara Walmart shooting

In an interview with police, Luis David Jose, 27, admitted that the victim had not threatened him, but had laughed at him and "hurt his pride."
Credit: Swatara Township Police Department

SWATARA, Pa. — Luis David Jose, 27, has been charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering other persons, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief, following an Aug. 21 shooting at the Walmart located at 6535 Grayson Road in Swatara Township. 

The incident has left the victim, Luis Villanona-Rodrioguez, with minor injuries. 

The Swatara Township Police Department said Monday that officers arrived on scene shortly after receiving calls about the shooting incident. There, they discovered Villanona-Rodriguez, who told police that the suspect had fled the scene. 

After identifying Jose as the suspect, officers were able to locate his vehicle on Rolleston Street in Harrisburg City and arrest him, police say. 

Investigation has so far revealed that Villanona-Rodriguez was the intended target, and had been shopping in the Walmart when Jose walked past him in the electronics aisle twice. The second time, a handgun was visible in Jose's hand. 

Police say that Jose started an "unprovoked physical confrontation" with Villanona-Rodriguez before shooting at the ground near the victim. Either a piece of the ground or a piece of the projectile injured Villanona-Rodriguez' leg. 

According to police, there were many people, including children, in the Walmart at the time of the shooting. 

In an interview with police, Jose admitted that Villanona-Rodriguez had not threatened him, but had laughed at him and "hurt his pride." 

Jose was arraigned at Dauphin County Booking Center. During arraignment, he was denied bail and is currently being held at Dauphin County Prison pending a preliminary hearing. 

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