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Man pleads guilty to assault in shooting outside mall store

March 5, 2019

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty in last summer’s shooting outside an eastern Pennsylvania mall store that injured two people.

Twenty-year-old Miles Harper pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault in a deal in which Lehigh county prosecutors dropped attempted homicide counts.

Prosecutors said a June 1 fight near the cosmetics section of Macy’s at the Lehigh Valley Mall continued outside the store and involved about 10 men. Prosecutors said Harper was a member of a Bethlehem-based gang, and one of the two people wounded was a member of a rival gang.

Defense attorney Michael Moyer said he will argue that the organization to which his client belongs isn’t a gang and the dispute wasn’t gang-related. He said Harper “didn’t go to the mall looking for a fight, but he found one.”

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