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Knock on Door, Followed by Deadly Home Invasion

A young woman asked to use the telephone, but police say she was with two gunmen



    A man is dead after a home invasion on Gratz Street in West Oak Lane. Police say his elderly father opened the door after a young woman knocked and asked to use the telephone. Two gunmen were behind her and stormed into the house, investigators said, shooting and killing 43-year-old Eric Murray. (Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012)

    It started with a knock on the door, just before midnight on Monday. Police say an 84-year-old man opened up the door to his house on the 6700 block of Gratz Street in West Oak Lane to find a young woman who asked if she could use the telephone.

    Two men behind her then forced their way inside. Investigators say they ran upstairs and shot the elderly man's son, at least 7 times. Eric Murray, 43, died inside the home.

    Police say it doesn't appear anything was taken during the home invasion, and they are trying to figure out a motive.

    3 Wanted in Deadly Home Invasion

    [PHI] 3 Wanted in Deadly Home Invasion
    A woman knocked on the door just before midnight, and asked to the use the telephone. Police say two gunmen pushed their way into the West Oak Lane home and shot and killed a man inside. Investigators say it doesn't appear the gunmen took anything from the home. NBC10's Byron Scott talked with the aunt of the victim.
    (Published Tuesday, July 24, 2012)

    "It appears the suspects entered the property possibly to rob it or possibly for the sole purpose of shooting and killing this individual," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    Police are searching for one woman and two men, all in their early to mid 20s.

    Loved ones have been gathering in the West Oak Lane neighborhood and say they want answers.

    "It's upsetting, everybody wants to know who did it, what happened," said Tootie Robinson, victim's relative.

    A neighbor described Eric as a sweet person. "I couldn't imagine anything happening to him because I was just with him Sunday, talking to him," said Linda Harmon.