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Police Search for Teen Accused of Killing Man and Injuring 4 Others Inside Bowling Alley

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Update Feb. 22, 2021, 8:04 a.m.: The suspected shooter surrendered to police late Sunday and was jailed as of Monday morning. Click here for updated information.

Police are searching for a teenager accused of killing a man and injuring four others during a shooting inside a Montgomery County bowling alley over the weekend.

Jamel Barnwell is considered armed and dangerous.

Officials say Jamel Barnwell, 17, of Upper Darby, and two other men entered Our Town Alley, formerly known as Facenda Whitaker Lanes, on 2912 Swede Street in East Norriton Township on Saturday at 6:39 p.m.

While inside, Barnwell got into an altercation with Frank Wade, 29, of Philadelphia, according to investigators. Barnwell then allegedly pulled out a gun with an extended magazine from inside his jacket and fired 15 shots.

Wade along with four of his family members were all struck in the shooting.

Wade died from his injuries while the four other victims are all in stable condition.

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Syreeta Stanford told NBC10 she was Wade's wife, saying he was a father and aspiring chef and that they had plans to open up a food truck together.

"Frank was a good guy," Stanford said. "He was a good guy. He was a happy guy. He loved family. He wasn't in the streets."

Stanford said Wade had gone to the bowling alley to hang out with some people he knew.

"I'm living a nightmare right now," Stanford told NBC10. "This don't feel real."

At the time of the shooting there were 50 to 75 people inside, including children.

Witnesses reported hearing about a dozen shots inside the building. One reported seeing a man break a window with a chair to get his children to safety outside.

Police said Barnwell fled with the gun he used in the shooting. A warrant was issued for the teen's arrest. He faces charges of first and third degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and other related offenses.

Responding police officers found 15 fired 45-caliber cartridge casings as well as five projectiles, one in the ceiling and four in the floor.

Police also found surveillance video of the three suspects as well as their cellphones that they left behind.

Photos of Barnwell from his cellphone showing him holding a gun.

Investigators did not go into detail when asked about Barnwell's criminal history but said the teen was not allowed to possess a gun.

"We are searching for all three men involved and are asking for the public's help in finding the shooter, Barnwell," Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said. "If you see him, do not approach him as he is considered armed and dangerous having fled the bowling alley with the gun he used to kill Frank Wade. Call 911 immediately."

Barnwell stands 6-foot-1 and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing black pants and a gray jacket with a black hooded sweatshirt underneath. There was also a distinct turquoise emblem on the hood of the sweatshirt.

One of the men Barnwell was with was wearing black pants, a black hooded sweatshirt and white sneakers. He also had a black mask covering his mouth and nose.

The second man Barnwell was with was wearing jeans, a black t-shirt, dark shoes and a mask covering all but a small portion of his face.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Barnwell or the two men he was with, call the Montgomery County Detective Bureau's Crime Tip Line at 610-278-DOIT (3648). You can also submit an anonymous text tip using Montco Crime Tips on the STOPit! app.

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