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Reading man arrested in shooting during argument over double-parked SUV

A Reading man is in Berks County Prison on charges he shot a man at close range on May 17 after the victim requested he move his SUV that was blocking a one-way street.

Damion O. Cheung, 38, of the 1100 block of Cotton Street was arrested Wednesday on attempted criminal homicide, aggravated assault, possessing an instrument of crime and related charges in the shooting in the 1200 block of Muhlenberg Street. Details of his arrest were unavailable Thursday.

He was committed to Berks County Prison in lieu of $230,000 bail to await a hearing following arraignment Wednesday night before District Judge Brian K. Strand in Reading Central Court.

Investigators provide this account of the shooting:

Witnesses said they were sitting in front of their home in the block about 11:45 p.m. when they saw the SUV parked in the single-lane, one-way street.

The victim asked the driver, later identified as Cheung, to move the vehicle, saying it was blocking the street and other motorists were trying to get by. An argument ensued.

Cheung became irate, got out of the vehicle, shot the victim, then returned to the SUV and drove off. The victim suffered a single gunshot wound to the abdomen. Information on his medical condition could not be obtained.

Witnesses said they had seen Cheung several times before because he was in a relationship with a woman who lives in the block. They described him as a tall, heavy-set Black man with short, braided hair and tattooed arms.

One of the witnesses reported Cheung was in the block earlier in the evening during a dispute for which police were called. It wasn’t clear if the dispute involved the shooting victim.

Police reviewed video footage recorded by body-worn cameras of the officers who responded to the earlier dispute. They saw a man matching that description at the scene of that dispute.

Investigators reviewed security camera footage from the block and saw the suspect was driving an early 2000s tan or cream GMC Yukon.

Through the city’s license-plate recognition system, they learned the license plate of the SUV and found the vehicle was registered to the woman in the 1200 block of Muhlenberg who is associated with Cheung.

Investigators said they identified Cheung as the shooter based on the descriptions provided by three witnesses, two of whom were standing next to the victim along the driver’s side of the suspect’s SUV when he was shot from about 5 feet away.

Investigators located pictures of Cheung in the woman’s social media contacts that matched the shooter’s physical description and tattoos.


Source: Berkshire mont

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