‘Harmless bystander’ shot throughout organized baby custody trade in Lancaster County

LANCASTER, Pennsylvania (WHTM) – Two people are behind bars after an “innocent bystander” was shot and wounded during an arranged custody transfer on Sunday night in the 2000 block of Lawnwood Court in Lancaster County, police said.

After a preliminary investigation, officers from the Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) found that Thalia Garcia Ortiz and Rashaun Jamar Taylor, both from Reading, Pennsylvania, had arrived at an occupied house as part of an arranged custody transfer.

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Rashaun Jamar Taylor

A verbal, then physical argument broke out. Following the argument, Ortiz and Taylor got into a vehicle to leave the area when police said Ortiz fired numerous 9mm gunshots from the vehicle in the direction of the house.

One lap went through a window and hit a grown woman in the hip, causing a non-life threatening wound. The “innocent bystander” was later taken to Lancaster General Hospital for immediate treatment.

According to the NLCRPD, Ortiz and Taylor were located a short distance away by police and stopped. Both suspects were taken into custody without incident.

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Ortiz was charged with crimes related to serious bodily harm, reckless endangering of another person, and shooting at an occupied building. Taylor was charged with criminal offenses related to his involvement and aiding Ortiz in the crimes committed.

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