Woman killed in shooting outside Walmart in Whitehall Township identified; 1 arrested

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Monday, March 1, 2021
Woman killed in shooting outside Walmart; 1 arrested
The woman killed in a shooting in the parking lot of a Walmart in Whitehall Township has been identified. Police say one person is facing charges in connection with the shooting.

WHITEHALL TWP., Pennsylvania (WPVI) -- Police have made an arrest in the deadly shooting that happened Friday night outside a Walmart in Whitehall Township, Lehigh County.

The suspect is identified as Edward Joel Rosario-Jimenez, 23, of Whitehall.

He has been charged with criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault; all felonies of the first degree; and firearm not to be carried without a license, a felony of the third degree, officials say.

The shooting happened around 7 p.m. on the 2600 block of MacArthur Road in Whitehall Township.

Police said the shooting in the parking lot left one person dead and another injured.

On Sunday, the coroner's office identified the victim who died as 20-year-old Nicolette Law of Allentown.

The cause of death is gunshot wound(s) to the body and the manner of death is homicide, the coroner's office said.

One female witness told police that she arrived at the Walmart with Rosario-Jimenez and two other people and that Rosario-Jimenez got into an argument with one of the victims.

The witness says she heard gunshots and left in a Toyota, but Rosario-Jimenez remained in the parking lot. Another witness told police they saw Rosario-Jimenez fire several gunshots at the victims.

Police say a gun was later found in a snowbank.

Witnesses at the scene said the incident happened very suddenly.

"As I'm walking in, I hear like a 'boom, boom.' I thought it was a car exhaust or something," Qusai Muhasen of New Jersey said.

It appeared the Walmart never closed despite the large police presence.

Whitehall Township Police are investigating a shooting Friday at a Lehigh County Walmart that left two people injured.

"As we were coming in the parking lot, we saw one of the Whitehall police cars come flying up the main entrance over here near T.J. Maxx and then heading towards Walmart," said Scott Dias of Upper Macungie. "Within seconds, we saw like more than five or six police cars show up."

No information has been released concerning the second victim's condition.