Shooting Suspect Shoots Man Threatening to Call 911 After Crash, Caught While Clutching License Plate, Police Say

A suspect in a shooting outside a bar opened fire on a man following a getaway crash after threats from neighbors to call 911.

A shooting outside a bar, a car crash, a threat of a 911 call and another shooting left one dead, two hurt and a suspect clutching his license plate taken into custody.

The suspect initially opened fire on a man and woman outside bar at B Street and E Allegheny Avenue in Philadelphia’s Fairhill neighborhood that was closing around 2 a.m., Philadelphia police said.

The shooting left the 24-year-old man dead from a gunshot wound to the chest and the 31-year-old woman in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her torso, police said.

The gunman then jumped in a Toyota sedan and sped off but didn’t get far as he crashed into a pole a block away at B Street and Westmoreland Avenue, investigators said.

Neighbors came out and said they were calling the police as they saw the suspect trying to remove his license plate. The gunman then opened fire again, striking a 55-year-old husband in the head and leaving him in stable condition, police said.

The suspect took the license plate off his car and made a dash for it — he only made it a few blocks.

"Three blocks from here... (police) see a male fitting the description, the male had a license plate in his possession, the officer stopped him, it was the license plate from the Toyota Camry," police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. "When they searched the male, he also had a gun."

The 21-year-old suspect is expected to face a litany of charges.

Contact Us