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WILKES-BARRE - An arrest warrant was issued for Joshua Carlos Ovalles, 19, of Kent Lane, Wilkes-Barre, charging him with the deadly shooting of Vaughn Kemp early Sunday morning.


Kemp, 24, of Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre, was shot multiple times at 174 S. Grant St. at about 1:20 a.m. He died at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.


The criminal complaint filed today charges Ovalles with criminal homicide, alleging he was involved in an argument with Kemp prior to the shooting.


Police said a large number of people were running from the house as officers arrived.


A witness told police Ovalles and Kemp were arguing in front of the house. A number of people came from the rear of the house to the front with groups of people yelling “East Side” and “West Side.”


Another witness said Ovalles showed up at the party at about 12:30 a.m. telling others that he has “a problem with this guy, I am going to get my gun.” Minutes later, two gunshots were heard with Ovalles allegedly holding a firearm and Kemp throwing a beer bottle at Ovalles, the complaint says.


Kemp ran toward the rear of 174 S. Grant St. as Ovalles allegedly fired more rounds before driving away in a Honda Civic, according to the complaint.

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