Alleged Uni-Mart Gunman Arrested in Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- The alleged gunman in a deadly shooting has been caught less than 48 hours after the crime as the mayor of Williamsport responds to recent violence in the city.

Williamsport police announced the arrest Tuesday morning at a news conference addressing several recent shootings in the city.

"We are very happy to report that the shooter in that case, the homicide at the Uni-Mart, is in custody," said Williamsport Police Chief Damon Hagan.

Ikeem Fogan, 21, of Williamsport, was arrested in connection with the shooting at the Uni-Mart on West Fourth Street. Police charged Fogan with robbing the Uni-Mart and killing Rhonda McPeak who was in the store Sunday night just to buy a bag of chips.

McPeak's brother-in-law was at the news conference and says he never wants to go through something like this again.

"My wife works and I am just about ready to make her quit. I buried my second wife, I don't want to bury my third. I'm sorry," Jim Stabley said.

Williamsport police say they obtained video of the incident which helped in making the arrest.

This shooting marked the fifth shooting in just three weeks in the city. City officials and state police answered questions regarding the ongoing violence and general safety of the public.

At the news conference, the police chief was hesitant about commenting on any of the ongoing investigations and could not tell us whether or not if any of the shootings were related or involved any gang affiliation.

"Some are possibly related, and we are not commenting on which ones, and we are not going to comment on any potential gang activity."

Mayor Gabe Campana says that the city of Williamsport is increasing police patrols in response to the shootings, especially since the Little League World Series starts next week.

"I want to assure the general public, that our great city will be fine," said Mayor Campana. "We will get through this. We will arrest these perpetrators as we started this morning and continue to make this city safe, and I want everybody to know that we have things under control."

13 comments

  • Rusty Knyffe

    Strict aside: Anyone notice that WNEP is now closing comments on those articles that generate the most outrage? Political outrage, that is……….

  • Dee Frazier

    “I want to assure the general public, that our great city will be fine,” said Mayor Campana. “We will get through this. We will arrest these perpetrators as we started this morning and continue to make this city safe, and I want everybody to know that we have things under control.” I don’t see control when there’s people getting killed and injured daily! These were two innocent people this time. One doing her job the other on a work break.
    What is the crime rate in Williamsport PA?
    The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Williamsport is 1 in 29. Based on FBI crime data, Williamsport is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, Williamsport has a crime rate that is higher than 94% of the state’s cities and towns of all sizes.

    • Bob Stevens

      Philly Pipeline, drug use, gang activity… in general a disrespect for life and societal decay that plagues the nations cities.
      Personally I feel safe, but that’s because I carry. I take responsibility for my own safety.

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