A witness to the shooting of two men, one fatally, in Reading this summer faced the defendant during a hearing Wednesday, two months after chasing him into an alley and fighting with him until police arrived.
Witness Jermaine Miles said he was talking with two friends near his car on Elm Street at North Eighth Street about 2:10 a.m. on July 7 when he heard a barrage of gunfire. He said he saw the muzzle of a pistol flashing, then saw the gunman, Vincent L. Minto, run into an alley between Elm and Buttonwood streets.
Miles said he got into his car and drove the wrong way up Eighth Street to Buttonwood Street to head off Minto in the opposite end of the alley. Miles said he fired a shot into the air from his car, then got out, fired another warning shot and yelled, “Police, stop.”
Startled, Minto fell in the alley, losing grip of the gun, Miles said. He said he pounced on Minto, who during the struggle said, “A long time ago your friends should be died (sic).”