Police, County Detectives Investigate Sunday Shooting

POTTSTOWN PA – A 22-year-old Pottstown man has been identified as the victim in a shooting death, now being investigated as a homicide, that occurred Sunday (May 29, 2022) at about 8:08 p.m. in the 400 block of West Street in the borough.

Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, in a joint announcement Tuesday (May 31) with Pottstown Police Chief Mick Markovich, said the deceased was identified as Nahmer Baird. An investigation into his death by borough police and county detectives is under way, they added.

Steele reported Pottstown police responded to a reported shooting at the West Street location, and arrived to find Baird “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds” and “unresponsive” in the driver’s seat of a white Nissan Sentra. The victim was rushed by ambulance to Pottstown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:44 p.m.

The investigation has so far determined that Baird had been shot at Locust Alley and West Street, where “numerous fired cartridge casings were recovered.” Based on ballistic evidence located at the scene and surveillance video, the investigation found that there was an exchange of gunfire between occupants of the white Sentra driven by Baird, and a black Chrysler 300.

After the shooting, Baird’s vehicle then traveled eastbound on West Street for approximately two blocks before crashing head-on into a Dodge pickup truck, injuring its adult male driver, the announcement stated. That driver was transported to Reading Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

An autopsy on Baird’s body was performed by Dr. Kahlil Wardak, a forensic pathologist with the county Coroner’s Office. The autopsy found that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the torso, and the manner of death was homicide.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call either Pottstown police at 610-970-6570, or the county detectives’ tip line at 610-278-3638.

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