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Press Releases from the City of Reading


RPD releases ID of last night ’s shooter.


READING: The Reading Police Department Criminal Investigations Division is releasing the following information relating to a Homicide Investigation that occurred in the 1400 block of Schuylkill Ave,
Reading, on March 25, 2022, at approximately 1717 hrs (5:17 p.m.)

The Reading Police Department was called to the area of Lackawanna St & Schuylkill Ave Reading for a shooting victim. The victim, a 19-year-old male, was located deceased in the 1400 block of Schuylkill Ave.

As police responded, they were directed toward a vehicle which was fleeing the scene of the shooting. Officers were able to locate and stop the vehicle in the area of the 700 block of Schuylkill Ave. The
vehicle driver was identified as the shooting suspect, Wilson Ventura-Cruz, 18 years old.

Ventura-Cruz was taken into custody and charged with 1st Degree Murder and related charges. The Reading Police Department is requesting that anyone with information on this incident please
contact the Reading Police Department at 610-655-6116. Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Alert Berks County’s anonymous tip line at 1(877)-373-9913