Pottstown Police Ask Help In Shooting Case

POTTSTOWN PA – It’s been almost two years, Pottstown police report, since borough resident Maciolek Ortiz-Ellison was shot twice by an unknown assailant. They haven’t found the shooter but they also haven’t given up on the hope they might, and Friday (April 29, 2016) on Facebook the police department again asked for public help in the aging case.

Ortiz-Ellison was walking up to the back door of his home at 351 N Charlotte St. on May 31, 2014, at about 12:30 a.m., according to the department, when his movements “set off a motion detector that activated a flood light covering the backyard area.”

It may have caught the perp by surprise. As the light came on Ortiz-Ellison “saw a figure rise from a fire escape in the back yard … The male suspect opened fire two times on Ortiz-Ellison,” police alleged. One round struck the victim in the back as he attempted to retreat to the sidewalk along Jefferson Avenue.

Ortiz-Ellison has undergone numerous surgeries since the shooting and is now disabled, the department added.

Police are convinced that someone, somewhere, may know about the shooter or have information that could be crucial in solving the case. It’s asking for “the assistance of the public to provide information as to the identity and whereabouts of the shooter.” Call the department’s Detectives Division at 610-970-6579.

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