PITTSTON TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A man from New York is charged with shooting a woman in the back two times at a Luzerne County shopping plaza Wednesday.
State police responded to the area of Envy Nails salon in Pittston Township on Wednesday around 4:00 p.m. for reports of a woman who had been shot.
Police say the victim was walking back to her car when she noticed a man, later identified as 37-year-old Christopher Carmona, Manhattan, NY, standing by her vehicle. She said they exchanged words and Carmona then shot her in the back twice and fled the scene, according to court paperwork.
Police say that while investigating they noticed a pack of Hanes’ boxer shorts in the bed of a truck parked next to the victim’s car. The owner of the truck informed officers that the boxers did not belong to them. Police say they then brought them to Walmart and were able to trace them back to a male who fit Carmona’s description.
Police say that Carmona had also purchased a cell phone and was seen on surveillance video pushing around a shopping cart looking into other cars. Troopers say that they found numerous items taken from the victim’s car in that shopping cart.
Video surveillance also showed that after the shooting Carmona had ran from the scene, officials say. The car police believe Carmona was driving was recovered from the scene and taken back to the barracks where police discovered that he had a BOLO from New Jersey State Police for a pursuit that was terminated.
Court documents state Carmona was found by state police around 8:20 Wednesday night walking along State Route 315 in the area of Cleveland Brothers. Police say they stopped and searched him. On Carmona police say they found two credit cards that matched the two purchases made earlier at the Walmart, as well as two pistols and loose ammo.
State police confirmed that the 9MM casing shells found on Carmona matched casing recovered from the scene.
During the interview Carmona said “hey, FBI guy, don’t look at me like I just committed a murder. Do your (expletive) homework. She got shot with a 9, I’m carrying a 32 and a 40 and one of them doesn’t have bullets,” according to court paperwork.
Carmona is facing multiple charges related to the shooting including firearms not to be possessed. He is currently being held at Luzerne County Prison after being denied bail for being declared a flight risk and danger to society.
The condition of the victim is currently unknown. Police have not released a motive for the shooting.
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