A passenger injured in an exchange of gunfire between 2 cars in Reading

June 27 – An exchange of gunfire between the occupants of two cars on a street in Reading on Sunday left one person injured and several vehicles damaged by bullets, officials said Monday.

The two suspected shooters were arrested shortly after the incident around 12:30 p.m. in the 200 block of North Sixth Street.

Zeiquail Sims, 22, of the 400 block of Windsor Street and Latrell M. Howard, 22, of the 900 block of Rose Street, were arrested and charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.

Each was held in Berks County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond pending a post-arraignment hearing before District Judge Alvin B. Robinson of Reading Central Court.

Police provided this account in the arrest documents:

Officers responded to a shooting report and saw several vehicles that had been hit by gunfire, with casings on the east side of the block. A blue Honda Accord had several bullet holes.

Moments later, officers found Sims in a convenience store with a gunshot victim. The Sims had a .45 caliber handgun.

Officers learned that Sims, the shooting victim and another person were in the bullet-riddled Honda during the exchange of gunfire with an occupant of a white Honda with a Florida license plate.

Investigators spoke to one of the occupants of the white Honda. He said he was in the back passenger seat and heard a loud bang. The rear window shattered when a bullet whizzed past his head.

Two other people in the white Honda said it was the rear passenger of the blue Honda who shot them. They identified the shooter as Sims, adding that the Sims flashed and pointed a gun at the occupants of the car they were in as it moved.

The police spoke to the occupants of the blue Honda. One said an occupant of the other car shot them as their car was behind a double parked car. The witness said the white Honda pulled up next to them on the driver’s side and shots rang out.

The driver of the blue Honda put the car in reverse and crashed into another vehicle. It was then that the occupants of the blue Honda, including a person who was shot in the back and did not put his life in danger, got out and fled.

A witness said Howard was the driver of the white Honda. This witness saw Howard pull up next to the blue Honda, get out, and pull a handgun at the other car.

Howard was found by officers shortly after the incident and had a 9mm handgun. He was taken to City Hall for an interview and admitted firing his gun at the occupants of the blue Honda.

He and his passenger, however, claimed Sims shot them first.

The age and gender of the victim were not provided by investigators. No information on the victim’s condition was available.

Comments are closed.