The Express-Times | By Colin McEvoy
Moments after he was escorted out of Club Horizon due to a fight, Teddy Bell approached a car with three men inside just outside the Allentown nightclub, appearing angry at the occupants, according to witnesses.
"This is the (expletive) here," the 33-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man said, walking toward the car early Sunday morning at 1221 Airport Road and raising his hand in the air, according to police documents.
Those were likely the last words ever spoken by Bell. Two witnesses told police they saw the rear-seat passenger of the car raise up his arm, the car window shattered, and about six gunshots rang out, according to an arrest affidavit.
Bell was killed by the gunshot wounds, and Gregory Fluker, 35, of Bethlehem, also suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder following the 2 a.m. shooting, which resulted in three arrests.
Amos Muir, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., was charged with murder and is believed to be the shooter, police said. Arrested on lesser charges, authorities say, were Brian Francis, 29, of Wilkes-Barre, and Keith Brissett Jr., 29, of Brooklyn.
Muir was sent to Lehigh County Prison without bail, while Francis and Brissett were committed in lieu of $1 million bail, according to court records.
Owner: Incident isolated
Police have said the shooting stemmed from a fight inside the 1221 Airport Road nightclub that led security personnel to move patrons outside the building.
An arrest affidavit provided a few specific details about the event, but does not disclose what caused the fight in the first place. Allentown police Capt. George Medero declined to comment.
Anthony DeLeon, who has owned Club Horizon for three and a half years, called Saturday's shooting an isolated incident and said his staff has consistently taken measures to prevent such incidents.
"We haven't had anything close to this happen," DeLeon said. "This incident was 100 percent isolated, but my guys going above and beyond is not. We take all the necessary steps to create a safe environment."
DeLeon described the fight that preceded the shooting as a "small incident" in which someone got punched. He clarified the account in court records that the two groups involved in the fight were escorted out of Club Horizon; he said the groups departed on their own through separate exits when security personnel asked them to leave.
According to court records, one witness -- who was not identified by name -- said after Bell exited the club he started running toward a dark-colored car where three men were standing.
As Bell approached the car, the three men entered the vehicle and one of them -- a man with braids, a white T-shirt, jeans and a fitted hat -- lay down in the rear seat, according to police records.
The rear passenger -- later identified as Muir -- then raised up his arm, the car window "blew out," and Bell fell to the ground, police said.
A second witness, also not identified, also saw Bell approach the vehicle and raise his hand, at which point the rear window shattered. The witness heard six shots and saw "muzzle flash" from the rear of the car.
When the shots rang out in the parking lot, security employees who were trying to defuse the situation "literally hit the deck," DeLeon said.
"Obviously, this was a horrible situation that took place, but there isn't much else we could have done, short of our employees getting hurt," DeLeon said.
The vehicle with the three men then tried to drive away and struck the rear of an SUV, according to the witness. The car then reversed and fled north up Airport Road, police said.
Arrested after pursuit
Two security employees took off in pursuit of the suspect vehicle and followed at a safe distance until the vehicle was stopped by police, he said.
Pennsylvania State Police troopers pulled over the suspect vehicle on Route 22 just west of Route 309, according to records. Muir was identified as the rear passenger, while Francis was driving and Brissett was the front passenger.
A search warrant on the black 2009 Toyota Camry revealed a Glock .45-caliber handgun inside a concealed compartment underneath the center console, police said.
They also found the shell casings and one bullet consistent with .45-caliber ammunition. The rear passenger window was shattered and broken glass fragments were inside the vehicle, police said.
Two Allentown police officers had been working on an unrelated assignment near Club Horizon when they heard six to eight gunshots coming from the club's parking lot area and responded, according to documents.
Muir and Brissett have criminal convictions that forbid them from possessing or carrying a firearm, police said.
The officers found two gunshot victims, both of whom were still alive. Bell and Fluker were transported to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, where Bell succumbed to his wounds. Fluker was treated and released.
Muir was charged with murder, reckless endangerment and illegal firearms possession. Francis and Brissett were charged with hindering apprehension and receiving stolen property. Francis also faces a hit-and-run vehicle offense.
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ALLENTOWN: Murder victim was angry at men in car when fatal shots came from the rear seat
The Express-Times | By Colin McEvoy