Truck driver killed in ‘senseless’ shooting at Pa. Wawa leaves wife and 3 children: employer

Truck driver killed in ‘senseless’ shooting at Pa. Wawa leaves wife and 3 children: employer

A truck driver killed in a “senseless” shooting at a Pennsylvania Wawa on Wednesday morning leaves behind a wife and three children, the company he worked for said.

Ramon Ramirez, 31, was driving for A. Duie Pyle and was hired in 2019 to work out of the Hoover Avenue terminal near Airport Road, said Peter Dannecker, the company’s vice president of risk and integrated resources.

Ramirez was well-liked and did a good job. “It’s a tragic loss of a working dad,” Dannecker said.

District Attorney Jim Martin said Ramirez was pumping gas when the gunman, who earlier had shot at a woman driving on Route 22, began shooting at the Wawa at Route 100 and Schantz Road in Upper Macungie Township, Lehigh County.

Another person in a Jeep was shot and wounded, Martin said.

The gunman then ran down Route 100 to a daycare center, where he killed himself, according to Martin.

Authorities have not identified the gunman or the victims. Dannecker released the information after Ramirez’s next of kin was notified.


Duie Pyle is a family-owned and -run business, “family means a lot to us” and employees were still in shock and digesting the news, Dannecker said.

The company will make sure Ramirez’s wife and family are supported, and will be providing mental health resources for Ramirez’s co-workers

“It’s just a senseless tragedy,” Dannecker said. “There’s no solving it.

We want to help people cope with it,” but the seemingly random nature of the crime means “I doubt very much we will have any answers.”

Sarah Cassi may be reached at [email protected].


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