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Updated: July 6, 2023 @ 10:01 pm

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. – Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin is releasing more information about a fight in early June at an AutoZone that ended with a 22-year-old man being shot and killed.
Edgar Gonzalez, 22, suffered a gunshot wound while involved in an altercation on June 4 in the parking lot of the AutoZone at 1871 South 5th Street in Allentown, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.
The Lehigh County Coroner, Daniel A. Buglio, ruled Gonzalez’s death a homicide.
An investigation revealed that two groups of people had an altercation and confrontation on at least two occasions leading up to the shooting, the DA’s office said.
One group was in a Kia sedan and included five people, including Edgar Gonzalez and Joshua Ortiz, 27, of Allentown, according to the DA’s office.
The DA’s office says the second group included six adults and a 3-year-old child at AutoZone. However, initially at a restaurant, there were two men and one woman in the Honda.
The occupants of the white Kia were the aggressors in the altercation and followed and confronted members of the second group, blocking their vehicle at the drive through of a restaurant on S. 4th Street, the DA’s office said.
In this incident, Ortiz got out of the Kia with a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine and confronted the second group, the two men and a woman, while they were inside a Honda, according to the news release.
The driver of the Honda reversed away from Ortiz and during the process, crashed and disabled the Honda. The driver parked the Honda and the three occupants fled and hid at the Auto Zone parking lot about a half-block north of the restaurant where they called family members to come pick them up, according to the DA’s office.
Ortiz and the occupants of the Kia continued to look for the group and are seen on video searching the inside and outside of the restaurant, the DA’s office said.
A Nissan pickup truck arrived at the AutoZone to pick up the occupants of the Honda. Inside the truck were three adults and the 3-year-old child. The two men and one woman from the Honda joined these occupants; thus forming a group of six adults and the child, the DA’s office said.
One of the adults inside the Nissan pickup truck is being identified as John Doe. His name will not be released because he is not being charged in the incident, the DA’s office said.
Meanwhile, the occupants of the Kia continued to look for the second group and ultimately drove through the AutoZone parking lot where they saw the Nissan pickup truck and recognized the people inside as part of the group they had confronted earlier, according to the news release.
The DA’s office says the Kia circled through the parking lot and blocked the Nissan pickup truck. All five people inside the Kia exited the car and approached the truck.
A physical altercation started and the investigation showed Ortiz produced the same handgun he had at the Taco Bell and started shooting at the occupants inside the Nissan pickup truck, the DA’s office said. Several shots were fired and at least one bullet struck the Nissan, but no one in the vehicle was hit by this gunfire.
The man identified as John Doe was in legal possession of a handgun and fired back at Joshua Ortiz, according to the DA’s office.
Based on a full review of the evidence, including video, John Doe was legally justified in using deadly force to protect himself and the occupants of the Nissan, some of whom are his family members, the Da’s office said.
No charges will be filed against him.
The death of Edgar Gonzalez occurred while John Doe was justified in using deadly force and his death, although a homicide, is being ruled by DA Jim Martin as a justifiable homicide under the laws of Pennsylvania.
There is no evidence that Edgar Gonzalez had a gun or fired a gun at anyone in the Nissan, however; he was the driver of the Kia and was an accomplice and co-conspirator with Joshua Ortiz in the actions which took place at both locations, the DA’s office said.
Edgar Gonzalez was also in the direct line of fire between John Doe and Joshua Ortiz when he was struck by a single bullet fired by Doe which killed him, according to the news release.
John Doe was interviewed after the shooting and provided investigators with the gun used and the documentation establishing his ownership of the gun and his right to carry the gun, according to the DA’s office. An examination by a ballistics expert concluded that the projectile that killed Edgar Gonzalez was fired by John Doe from his gun.
Joshua Ortiz was also struck by a bullet fired by John Doe, the DA’s office said. Ortiz was treated for a gunshot wound to the torso and released from a local hospital. The gun Ortiz used in the shooting has not been recovered during the investigation.
As a result of the investigation, Ortiz has been charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, and related charges for his role in firing at the people in and around the Nissan pick-up truck in the AutoZone parking lot, the DA’s office said.
Ortiz surrendered Wednesday in the company of his attorney, Eric Dowdle, and will be preliminary arraigned through Central Booking.
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A recent Channel 4 documentary titled “UNTOLD: The Secret World of Fight Clubs" delves into the shocking and underground trend of bare-knuckle fighting prevalent across the UK. The documentary exposes the gritty reality of these no-rule brawls, featuring participants like Alex Etherington, who not only took part in such a brutal event but also lost his ear in the process. Etherington, who now keeps his detached ear in a jar, shares his firsthand experience, providing insight into the world of these unrestricted fighting rings.
In an underground fight club documentary by Channel 4 titled “UNTOLD: The Secret World of Fight Clubs" a shocking trend of bare-knuckle fighting across the UK was exposed. The documentary reveals the gritty reality of these no-rule brawls. Among the participants was Alex Etherington, who took part in this disturbing trend fight, and lost his ear. He now keeps his detached ear in a jar. Etherington recounted his experience with these unrestricted fighting rings.
Speaking to the Sun, Alex said, “I felt lucky to get on King Of The Streets. It’s quite sought after. I only got on it because my friend vouched for me. It got half a million views on YouTube and I got around 7,000 followers on Instagram overnight. I didn’t know what was going to happen because it was my first No Rules fight. I couldn’t really have a game-plan really. I didn’t know what to expect."

Alex Etherington faced Bachir ‘Bash’ Fakhouri in the fight and recalling the fight, he said, “He was desperate for a win as he’d come off a few losses. Ten seconds in, he bit my ear off. I didn’t know it had come off at first. Blood was trickling down my face. He wouldn’t let go of my hair. I ended up getting whiplash from it. He was going for my eyes." Eye gouging is permitted during the fights, although according to Alex, they’re typically halted before the pressure causes any harm.
Alex went to the hospital after the fight where doctors informed him that his torn ear couldn’t be reattached as “it wasn’t a clean cut. There was a risk of infections too, so there was no chance. It’s quite a big chunk, about the width of your pinkie finger." Despite the severe injury, the fighter expressed that it doesn’t bother him. Upon returning home, Alex showed his girlfriend, Fizza Khan, the torn ear, who insisted he keep it. Interestingly, Alex decided to store his piece of ear in a jar filled with an alcohol solution, following advice from someone and placed it in the kitchen on a shelf.
Meanwhile, Alex Etherington refrains from disclosing his fight earnings but the estimated payouts are around £2,000 (approximately Rs 2 lakh). He clarified that fighters receive compensation only when the win and highlighted that the amount isn’t enough to become a full time fighter. For Alex, engaging in this activity wasn’t about establishing a career but rather fulfilling a bucket list wish. He expressed satisfaction due to lack of rules and limitations, describing the experience as a taste of genuine freedom that left him excited for weeks after the fight.

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Detroit Pistons coach Monty Williams called out his team for its lack of “fight” after another blowout loss, saying his players are not honoring “the organization and the jersey.”
Williams delivered a brief but passionate statement to reporters Monday night after Detroit’s 126-107 home loss to the Washington Wizards in a matchup of the NBA’s two worst teams.
It was the fourteenth consecutive loss for the Pistons (2-15), who now own the NBA’s worst record and have not won a game in a month. The lowly Wizards (3-14), who had not won since Nov. 8, shot 51% from the floor and had seven scorers in double figures against the Pistons, who have lost three of their past four games by a least 19.
“That wasn’t fight on the floor,” Williams said. “That wasn’t Pistons basketball by any stretch of the imagination. That’s what this is — we have to have people that honor the organization and the jersey by competing at a high level every night.
“I’m not talking about execution, just competing. That wasn’t it, and that’s on me.”
In a postgame media session that lasted only one minute, Williams opened by saying he was “very” disappointed with the loss and described the Pistons’ overall spirit in the game as “poor.”
Williams told reporters before the game that the Pistons held a players-only meeting Friday, saying that “accountability” was a key talking point and that he loves working with the young roster.
But Williams was much harsher in his tone after the loss.
“It’s just a level of growing up on this team, maturity, understanding what game-plan discipline is — all the stuff we talk about all the time,” he said. “It’s enough talking.”
Third-year forward Isaiah Livers said he agreed with Williams’ assessment.
“There are a lot of little things we can talk about, but we just didn’t play hard,” Livers said. “Every team has roles, and it feels like none of us are playing our roles to the best of our abilities.”
Star guard Cade Cunningham, who admitted last week that the Pistons are “bad” in a candid assessment of the team, told the Detroit Free Press that he and his teammates are making mistakes because they are “not physical enough or not aggressive enough.”
“We all wanna win really bad,” Cunningham told the Free Press. “Everybody’s doing it out of the spirit of that — wanting to win, wanting to do what’s best for the team.
“I think we need more aggressive mess ups. Where we’re struggling right now is slip ups where we’re not physical enough or not aggressive enough. That’s what we need to lean towards instead of trying not to press.”
The 14-game losing streak ties the second-longest in Pistons franchise history, and their schedule does not get easier in the short term. After Wednesday’s home game against the Lakers (10-8), the Pistons travel to New York the next day to face the Knicks (9-7) before returning home Saturday to host the Cavaliers (9-8).
If they cannot win one of those games, the Pistons will be in danger of approaching the longest skid in their history — a 21-game losing streak that bridged the 1979-80 and 1980-81 seasons.
“We play great stretches, and then we’ve had crazy bad stretches where we dig ourselves in too deep of a hole,” Cunningham told the Free Press. “That’s it right there — it’s just holding each other accountable and when we do feel it start to slip, having the mental stamina to stay together, stay connected.”

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