Norristown shooting: Man killed by stray bullet during Thanksgiving dinner; revolvermand: DA

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) – A man in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, was killed by a stray bullet while eating Thanksgiving dinner at a home, according to District Attorney Kevin Steele.

It happened Thursday around 9.30pm on the 1100 block of Arch Street.

According to investigators, the incident over stolen alcohol started at a family party that did not involve the victim.

Kevon Clarke, 19, his girlfriend, Jacqueline Brown, and four other people attended a 100-block party off Haws Avenue earlier in the day and were asked to leave.

Brown’s cousin accused the group of stealing alcohol during their departure from the home.

Later in the evening, agreements were made to return the alcohol, but that was when the shot rang out.

When the cousin went to Clarke’s home, she immediately drove away when he allegedly walked outside and waved a weapon.

Around the same time, authorities say two other men were walking up the street, and an exchange of gunfire ensued between Clarke and the men.

Authorities say one of the bullets penetrated a nearby window on Arch Street – less than a block away – and killed 25-year-old Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma while he was eating dinner.

Authorities believe a bullet from Clarke’s gun killed the victim.

“Mr. Palaez Moctezuma was murdered while eating Thanksgiving dinner at his home, and to be clear, he and his family were not involved in the dispute between Clarke and others,” DA Steele said.

Neighbors said they heard at least a dozen shots outside and that cars were hit by bullets.

“I was sitting in my home enjoying my TV and Thanksgiving night, and I heard what I first thought was fireworks, and look, it was five shots. Then I heard another eight shots,” a neighbor said.

Clarke is currently wanted for murder. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Authorities are also looking for the other shooters. It’s still unclear why they were on the block at the same time as Brown’s cousin.

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Norristown Police Department at 610-270-0977.

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