Man Sentenced for Fatal Philly Bar Shooting

Shooting at Genesis Tavern in Germantown killed 1 and injured 5 others

By Kelly Bayliss, Dan Stamm and Wire Reports
|  Monday, Oct 7, 2013  |  Updated 8:18 PM EDT
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A man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole in a shooting in a northwest Philadelphia bar that killed one person and injured five others.

Wayne James, 47, was convicted by a jury and sentenced Monday on charges of murder, attempted murder and related counts.

The North Philadelphia resident was arrested three days after the shootings in June 2011 at the Genesis tavern in the city's Germantown neighborhood.

Police say that James was kicked out of Genesis Tavern at 4400 Wayne Avenue for smoking inside. He returned later with a gun and opened fire, killing 43-year-old Carl Sharper.

The other victims, both men and women, suffered gunshot wounds but survived. They later testified against him.

Police used this surveillance video to help identify James.

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