Teenage Brothers Wanted in SEPTA Subway Shooting

Police say the shooter and his brother were on their way home from the Sixers game when got into an argument with Bulls fans and opened fire

By Kelly Bayliss
|  Friday, Dec 14, 2012  |  Updated 10:45 PM EDT
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Investigators say they have identified two teeange suspects wanted for a subway shooting. Brothers Matthew and Eric Early allegedly shot two men on the SEPTA El after getting into an argument after the Sixers game. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.

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Investigators say they have identified two teeange suspects wanted for a subway shooting. Brothers Matthew and Eric Early allegedly shot two men on the SEPTA El after getting into an argument after the Sixers game. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports.

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Police Review Surveillance Video in SEPTA Shooting

Police are looking for two teens wanted in connection with a shooting on a SEPTA subway train in West Philadelphia Wednesday night.

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Police tell NBC10 the shooting was the result of an argument between a Sixers fan and a Bulls fan after the game.
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Police are looking for a two teenage brothers who got into an argument with Bulls fans while on their way home from a Sixers game then opened fire hitting one of the Bulls fans and an innocent bystander.

The whole incident was caught on surveillance cameras. (WARNING: The video could be considered graphic.)

Authorities tell NBC10 that the shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. on the Market-Frankford Line at the 46th Street Station in West Philadelphia, just after the 76ers lost to the Bulls 96-89.

"It's bizarre. This is behavior that is just over the top," Lt. John Walker told NBC10. "It's intolerable. I mean, people have to realize this reckless behavior can not continue."

Police say the brothers, Eric, 16, and Matthew, 18, Early, got into an argument with two Chicago Bulls fans, 30 and 36 years old, about the game. Witnesses tell police the men argued for quite some time before the teens exited the the train at 46th Street.

One of Earlys, police say, turned and fired one shot into the crowded subway train, striking one of the Bulls fans in the stomach. The bullet went through the man and hit an innocent bystander in the leg, according to officials.

"He could have shot a kid," said victim Tramaine Fortune.

Fortune was hit in the stomach and is expected to make a full recovery as is the other victim.

Police tell NBC10 that the victim who was shot in the leg stayed on the train until the next stop. From there, he went to a relative's house and that relative called the authorities before taking him to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

The shooter and his brother ran from the scene. Both suspects are described as black males, thin builds, with dark complexions.

The gunman was seen on surveillance video wearing a puffy, blue vest over a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants with a white stripe.

"Here's a young man, who obviously has anger management issues," said Lt. Walker. "Instead of just controlling his anger and dealing with the issue, he decides to fire a shot into a crowded train."

His brother was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.

 


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