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Police Arrest Store Owner Shooting Suspect

Police arrested 21-year-old Darnell Griffin on Sunday for his alleged role in the murder of local store owner Felix Rodriguez.

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    Police Arrest Store Owner Shooting Suspect
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    Philadelphia Police have one of the men they believe was involved in the Fathers Day-eve shooting of a grandfather inside his North Philly corner-store.

    21-year-old Darnell Griffin was arrested last Sunday for his involvement in the murder of Felix Rodriguez.

    The botched robbery happened June 18 at Los Ingenitos grocery store at 2400 N 9th St. Police say the owner, 59-year-old Felix Rodriguez, was shot six times in the face, neck, chest and groin.

    Rodriguez -- a husband, father and grandfather -- was awaiting the birth of his second grandchild. Family members begged Rodriguez to close the store as they had been robbed before.

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    “Suddenly three guys got into the store, his employee was in the back sweeping and cleaning the store... he got pointed with a gun and then heard shots,” said Jose Rodriguez, his brother-in-law.

    Police say the three men fled on foot without any money.

    Griffin is charged with murder, criminal conspiracy, robbery and other related offenses. His two alleged accomplices remain on the loose, cops say.

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    Police believe there may have been two guns used.

    Rodriguez’ wife had just left the store a few minutes before the shooting. She was going home to prepare dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.

    If you have any information about the shooting, please contact the Philadelphia Police Department at 215-686-3280.


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