Store Owner is Charged in the Shooting Death of a 17-Year-Old Stealing his Vehicle

Sosa Food Market at L & Lycoming Streets.

The owner of Sosa Food Market has been charged in the death of a 17-year-old male who was stealing a vehicle in Juniata Park on Sunday, March 7th.

The incident, which happened around 6:00 pm on Sunday evening, was caught on video surveillance. The 17-year-old male exited the vehicle in which he was a passenger on L Street at Lycoming Street, and he got into a vehicle that was parked at 4062 L Street. The keys were in the ignition and the engine was running. Video shows the driver making an immediate U-turn to follow the vehicle that he had just exited from.

Photo provided from a neighbor.

That’s when police say Santiago Sosa-Alvarez, owner of Sosa Food Market, came out to the car that was being driven away and shot at the driver, striking him in the head. The vehicle rolled to a stop against a truck parked on the other side of the street. The shooting victim was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Photo provided from a neighbor.

On March 9th, police announced at the Juniata Park Civic Association that the 17-year-old died from his injuries. The decedent was previously described in reports as a 20-year-old, but police corrected his age. Sergeant Spicer of the 24th District lamented the tragedy that this is for two families.

The District Attorney’s Office Homicide Unit has charged Santiago Sosa-Alvarez with Third Degree Murder.

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