Alleged Musikfest Shooter in Custody

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    A teen turned himself in to Bethlehem Police for the Musikfest shooting. (Published Sunday, Aug 10, 2014)

    Bethlehem Police have arrested a teen they believe shot two people near a popular music festival last week.

    Police identified 17-year-old Julius Jose Cortijo as the shooter responsible for wounding two people August 5 near the intersection of West Garrison and Guetter streets -- a short distance from the venue of Musikfest.

    Cortijo was arraigned before Northampton County Duty Judge Jackie Taschner on Sunday and charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, firearm charges and related charges. The 17-year-old was charged as an adult. 

    Police say 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.

    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.

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