Police ID Man Accused of Shooting PPA Worker and NY Gas Station Attendant

Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker announced Wednesday there is a warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Termaine Saulsbury of Philadelphia.

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Police have identified a man accused of shooting a Philadelphia Parking Authority worker as well as a gas station attendant in New York.

Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker announced Wednesday there is a warrant for the arrest of 39-year-old Termaine Saulsbury of Philadelphia.

Photo of Termaine Saulsbury

Saulsbury allegedly shot Zulfigar Alvi in the Bronx on Nov. 22 as well as PPA worker Timothy McKenzie, 37, on Nov. 25 in Philadelphia’s Frankford neighborhood. Both survived despite being shot in the head.

The PPD released surveillance video of both shootings. In both, a slender man with a blue hooded jacket, gray pants, black boots, black gloves and what appears to be a ski mask walks up to his victims and pulls the trigger with his left hand before running off. The PPD said he used a silver revolver.

Captain Walker said Philadelphia Police and NYPD detectives worked with the Philadelphia Parking Authority, SEPTA Police and U.S. Marshals to identify the gunman in both incidents as Saulsbury.

“The four detectives from both departments worked tirelessly over the last two weeks, putting together incredible evidence, working through hundreds and hundreds of hours of video from both states," Captain Walker said. "Working together with the district attorney’s office here in Philadelphia and in New York, also working with the SEPTA Police Department, U.S. Marshals and the Philadelphia Parking Authority who’s been a tremendous assistance to this investigation to identify a suspect.”

The shooting of McKenzie, the PPA officer, happened on the 4500 block of Frankford Avenue underneath the SEPTA Market-Frankford Line elevated tracks. Investigators said Saulsbury drove up, shot the city employee from behind, and took off. He was struck in the ear and in his shoulder, police said.

A friend and coworker told NBC10 McKenzie is well-known on his beat near Frankford Avenue and Orthodox Street. He was only a couple hours away from the end of his shift.

The shooting of Alvi happened at a Sunoco gas station on the 2900 block of Boston Road in the Bronx. Friends said he had been working to support his family in Pakistan.

"[The NYPD] were able to capture video of the suspect fleeing the Sunoco market up there in their case," Walker said. "Their victim is locked into the convenient store. The suspect walks up to the door, knocking on the door, looks like he's asking for assistance. As the employee opens the door, [Saulsbury] shoots him twice, hitting him one time in the neck in the same area where he shot our 37-year-old parking authority employee."

Captain Walker said McKenzie was released from the hospital and is currently recovering at home.

"Fortunately through the intervention of God, I believe, the bullet hit him in the side of the neck, bounced off his spine, back up out of the shoulder and lands in his jaw," Captain Walker said. "That night the prognosis wasn't very good. But even though the employee is in a lot of pain right now, he's doing very well. He's home for the holidays which is a good thing."

Alvi, meanwhile, was in critical but stable condition at the hospital.

Police said Saulsbury may still be in the Philadelphia area. His last known address was on the 5600 block of Woodland Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. Walker also said Saulsbury is "known to police."

"We're very concerned that this individual could strike again," Captain Walker said. "We believe both acts right now appear to be random and there was no rhyme or reason to these incidents. So that's why we're very concerned about this individual."

The City of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Parking Authority are each offering separate $10,000 rewards for information that leads to Saulsbury's arrest and conviction.

"We're making it very clear to anybody, friends, family, who may be harboring this individual, that they will also be arrested," Captain Walker said. "So if anybody knows Mr. Saulsbury or if he's listening, we're asking you to do the right thing. We have a warrant for your arrest. We're asking you to turn yourself in. Or for family and friends who know where he's at, to contact our tip line."

Saulsbury is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him is asked to immediately call 911. Anonymous tips can be submitted by calling or texting 215-686-TIPS (8477).

There are additional resources for people or communities that have endured gun violence in Philadelphia. Further information can be found here.

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