Police accuse Lancaster Twp. man of March shooting outside city club
BY JENNIFER TODD, Staff Writer
A Lancaster Township man has been charged with shooting a 21-year-old city man March 24 in the 200 block of West King Street.
Fidel G. Montanez, 39, of the 1500 block of Springside Drive, surrendered to authorities Monday.
He was arraigned by District Judge Daniel Garrett on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
Montanez was released after posting $100,000 bail.
The victim, who was shot once in the upper right leg, has since been released from the hospital.
Investigators said the shooting was the result of an altercation between two groups of people at an after-hours club at 243 W. King St.
According to charging documents, a security guard at the club separated the two groups after a verbal dispute.
The guard escorted the victim and his friends from the club first, waited a period of time, and then asked the other group to leave.
Before the second group left, the guard told police, he heard a man later identified as Montanez make a phone call.
He told the person on the other end to meet him outside because he thought he was going to get jumped, according to the affidavit.
The security guard told authorities he saw Montanez go to a gray Cadillac, retrieve a black pistol and fire several shot in the air.
"Montanez then leveled the gun and pointed it at (the victim) and his friends, and began firing several more shots," police wrote in the affidavit.
Montanez was no more than 8 to 10 feet from the victim when he fired.
Police arrived to find the victim laying in a parking lot to the rear of the club with a gunshot wound to the leg.
He told police he had gotten into an argument with three men inside the club. The victim said two of the men beat him up and said the third man fired four to five shots at him while he was on the ground, according to the affidavit.
Investigators were able to identify Montanez as the shooter because he used his credit card at the club.
Both the victim and security guard picked him from a photo line-up, police said.