Progress made in probe of teen's death
Shot on sidewalk BY BRETT HAMBRIGHT, Staff Writer
A month has passed since 17-year-old David Montes was gunned down on a Lancaster city sidewalk.
While no charges have been filed, investigators say they are beginning to understand what happened in the 400 block of North Queen Street on the night of Feb. 13.
A group of teenagers and young men, including Montes, clashed on the block with an individual in an ongoing dispute, officials said. The dispute was over money; the sides disagreed on a debt that was owed, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman.
Words were exchanged and shots were fired. Montes was struck in the chest by one shot and fell to the ground. Officials said it's possible more than one person fired shots.
"(We) do know who was involved, and it is a matter of determining the sequence of events," Stedman said Tuesday morning.
Stedman is hopeful that forensic testing will reveal more about how Montes was shot, including the direction and range. Those tests also could reveal how many people fired shots.
Police officers arriving at the scene found Montes lying on the east side of the street. The teen was rushed by ambulance to Lancaster General Hospital, where he immediately was taken into surgery. He later was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said.