Alleged Musikfest Gunman Identified

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    Julius Jose Cortijo, 17, is accused of shooting two people near an the venue of an annual Bethlehem, Pa. music festival.

    The alleged gunman who shot two people near a popular music festival in Bethlehem, Pa. is on the loose.

    Police identified 17-year-old Julius Jose Cortijo as the shooter responsible for wounding two people Tuesday night near the intersection of West Garrison and Guetter streets -- a short distance from the venue of Musikfest.

    Cortijo opened fire near a large crowd that had gathered around 11 p.m. -- only moments after police began to disperse the group, according to officials.

    Bullets struck two men, wounding one in his right hip and the other in his groin, according to authorities.

    Police describe Cortijo as approximately 5-feet 4-inches tall, weighing about 135 pounds.

    The suspect is affiliated with an Allentown-based sect of the "Bloods" street gang and is considered armed and dangerous, according to investigators.

    Cortijo's last known address was on the 200 block of South 13th Street, Allentown, officials said.

    The 17-year-old is being charged as an adult. He faces multiple counts of attempted homicide, aggravated assault and other related charges.

    Anyone with information on the crime or on the suspect's whereabouts is urged to contact Bethlehem City Detectives at 610-865--7187.

    Musikfest, which was founded in 1984, is the nation's largest non-gated free music festival, according to event organizers.