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Man Shot at Comfort Inn in Bethlehem Township, Police Say

A Bethlehem man was shot and seriously injured at the Comfort Inn in Bethlehem Township, police say.

A Bethlehem man who was staying at the Comfort Inn on Highfield Drive in Bethlehem Township was shot Wednesday evening and the two assailants fled.

Manuel Rodriguez-Valcarcel, 30, of 756 Dellwood St. in Bethlehem was hit at least once --in the leg -- but might also have been hit in the stomach, according to Bethlehem Township Sgt. Rick Blake.

He was transported by ambulance to St. Luke's University Hospital in Fountain Hill, where he was in serious condition, Blake said.

The report of the shooting came in at 6:19 p.m. Both assailants had guns and multiple shots were fired at Rodriguez-Valcarcel in a hotel hallway near the lobby, Blake said. It is believed that the only witnesses were Rodriguez-Valcarcel and the woman he was with at the time.

One of the assailants was described as a black male and the other as a Hispanic male. Anyone with information is asked to call for Bethlehem Township police at 610-759-2200. 

A week ago, township police made an arrest at the Comfort Inn, which is off Route 191 near Route 22, in which they recovered 18 bricks of heroin and nearly $7,000, according to Blake.  

A maid at the hotel found the stash of heroin and turned the drugs over to the hotel manager who called police. Dominick Laborde, 24, was arrested and jailed on multiple counts, according to court papers.    

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