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Woman charged in Allentown shooting that left man wounded; latest in string of city gunfire

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Donna S. Fisher
For LehighValleyNews.com
Allentown Police say they charged an Orefield woman with shooting a man Saturday.

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — An Orefield woman has been charged in a Saturday shooting that left a man injured, city police said.

Sara Torres-Rivera, 37, was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and one count of simple assault, police said.

They said the investigation is active and on-going, and there would be no immediate further comment on the investigation.

Police said officers were called at 4:21 p.m. Saturday to the 700 block of Harrison Street for reports of a shooting.

Police said a short time later, a man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound arrived at a local hospital. Police did not identify the victim or the hospital.

After investigating, police said, they charged Torres-Rivera.

The incident comes after three incidents of violence in the city less than a month ago at the start of the month that left eight people shot.

Ada Ortiz, 44, and 1-year-old Sebastian Serrano, both of Allentown, were killed by gunfire on Dec. 29 in a home in the 100 block of Chestnut Street. A 66-year-old man also was shot in the home but survived.

Police later charged Gabriel Cartagena, 43, with two counts of homicide.

As police arrived at Chestnut Street, they were called to reports of more gunfire about four blocks north near Ridge Avenue and West Gordon Street.

A man and a woman suffered serious gunshot wounds at that location, and both were expected to survive, police said.

Police said they arrested Demetrius Bashir Campbell, 23, of Allentown, almost immediately upon their arrival. He is charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, carrying a firearm without a license and related charges.

Less than six hours later, police were called to a third shooting in the 1600 block of Hanover Avenue in the city’s East Side. Three people were shot there, none fatally, according to police.