Cops Catch Alleged SEPTA Subway Shooter

Police say they have the teen who allegedly fired at Bulls fans following a Sixers game in custody

By Dan Stamm, Kelly Bayliss and David Chang
|  Monday, Dec 31, 2012  |  Updated 11:01 AM EDT
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Teenage Brothers Wanted in SEPTA Subway Shooting

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Eric Early (left) has been in custody, his brother Matthew Early (right), the alleged gunman, was captured Friday.

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Caught on Cam: SEPTA Subway Shooting After NBA Game

Cameras roll as two Sixers fans get into an argument with some Bulls fans. As the Sixers fans leave the train one of them turns back and fires a shot hitting a Bulls fan and another man. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn has the video.

Teenage Brothers Wanted in SEPTA Subway Shooting

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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On Friday, Philadelphia Police arrested the second brother accused in the shooting of two men on SEPTA’s Broad Street Line subway following an argument after a Sixers game more than two weeks ago..

Officers picked up the alleged caught on camera shooter Matthew Early, 18, around 6 p.m. in North Philadelphia, police confirmed to NBC10.

Early was being held awaiting arraignment.

His younger brother Eric Early, 17, has been behind bars since his capture Dec. 17 unable to post $5 million bail. The younger Early was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment about other charges.

Police say the Early brothers got into an argument with Bulls fans while on their way home from the 76ers loss to the Bulls on Dec. 12. After they got off the train at the 46th Street Station in West Philadelphia, Matthew allegedly shot once back into the train, striking one of the Bulls fans and an innocent bystander.

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

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

Witnesses tell police the men argued for quite some time before the teens exited the train at 46th Street.

Matthew Early, 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 that man and hit an innocent bystander in the leg, according to officials.

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

The shooter and his accomplice ran from the scene.


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