Brian X. McCrone

Man Dies After Taking Shot to Chest in Normally Quiet Haverford Township

Detectives cordoned off one of the pathways through the stone-sided buildings and a man believed to be a friend of the victim remained outside.

UPDATE: Man sought in Haverford Twonship shooting also shot at groupe of people in Philadelphia less than an hour before, police say. 


A man died after he took at least one bullet to the chest Saturday evening inside an apartment in normally quiet Haverford Township, and a possible gunman was seen fleeing toward nearby Lower Merion, police and witnesses said.

The unidentifed victim, who one neighbor described as a man with a goatee, was rushed to a nearby hospital as paramedics performed CPR on him outside the row of two-story apartment buildings at 2315 Haverford Avenue.

He died a short time later at the hospital. Police released two surveillance photos of a man sought for questioning. 

Haverford Township Police Department

Detectives cordoned off one of the pathways through the stone-sided buildings and a man believed to be a friend of the victim remained outside shortly after the gunfire erupted about 6:15 p.m.

Brian X. McCrone
A man died from a gunshot to the chest inside an apartment in the 2300 block of Haverford Road, Saturday, July 29, 2017.

A man who two witnesses said was in a red hoodie ran from the apartments toward Wynnewood Road. It was not immediately known if he was captured by police.

Brian Hoffman, whose backyard is along a shared alley with the rear of the apartments, was helping his next-door neighbor put some mulch down when he heard the two gunshots. He called 9-1-1.

"We thought at first it was fireworks," Hoffman said. "But then I said, 'I think that's gunshots."

He said some yelling followed the gunfire, which he said sounded like it came from the second floor of the apartment building.

"I couldn't make out what they were saying," he said. "It was two men yelling."

The shooting shocked him.

"It's not something you expect around here," he said. "We called it a day with the yardwork."

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