Man arrested in triple shooting

Police Thursday night arrested Alfonzo Priester, 19, shortly after a shooting in the parking lot of the Hope Plaza, on 22nd Street near Lehigh Avenue, that left three people hospitalized in stable condition.

Priester, of Tioga Street near Ontario, was identified by a witness, police said.

Alfonzo Priester

Shots rang out about 6 p.m. in the parking lot outside the shopping center. A 32-year-old man was shot once in his right thigh, a 29-year-old woman was shot twice in her left shoulder, and a 19-year-old man was shot in his right ankle, police said.

Early reports from police indicated that there were two suspects and apprehensions made — however Officer Christine O’Brien, a police department spokeswoman, said there was only one suspect in the shooting.

Police found Priester in a vacant house on Cambria Street near Woodstock, about six blocks from the scene. Information on the man’s motive was not available.

He is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats and weapons violations.

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