Police: Pa. man killed over nickname mix-up

By | May 1, 2008

Police Pa man killed over nickname mix-up

Police say a York man was killed because he had a similar nickname as the attackers’ intended target.

York police say 29-year-old Omar Maru Dowling, also known as “Big O,” was killed April 11. At least 18 shots were fired in the attack.

Two 29-year-old York men were charged Tuesday with conspiracy and criminal homicide. Police Lt. Ron Camacho says Wilfredo Rodriguez and Dennis Mercado were trying to get revenge for a botched August drug deal in which Rodriguez was shot. But Camacho says the man they were looking for wasn’t Dowling, but someone with a similar nickname.

Rodriguez and Mercado are held without bail; it was not immediately clear if they had lawyers. – cd

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