Gunman fires fatal shot in view of 2 police

Posted: April 28, 2013

Without realizing, or caring, that a marked police car with two uniformed officers was right behind him, police said, a 24-year-old man on a bicycle rode into a busy Kensington intersection in broad daylight Friday and fatally shot the driver of a Cadillac in the head.

After witnessing the 6 p.m. attack, police chased the shooter for several blocks as he first shed his bicycle and later his two-inch barrel revolver.

The officers caught up with the suspect in the 2100 block of Monmouth Street. He was taken into custody. Police did not release his name.

"It's amazing how brazen he was," said Chief Inspector Scott Small.

After the driver was shot, the Cadillac rammed into a parked minivan and came to a stop on the 2800 block of Amber Street.

The driver was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m. The passenger, a 27-year-old man, was treated for a bullet wound in his left shoulder and listed in stable condition.

The incident occurred within view of at least two surveillance cameras belonging to shops at Cambria Street and Amber, police said.

"It was rush hour on a beautiful Friday afternoon. There had to be many, many, many people not only standing outside but driving by. . . . It just goes to show how focused this guy was," Small said.

"But he got caught."

The weapon was recovered by police, Small said. The bicycle, however, has disappeared.

Contact Melissa Dribben at 215-854-2590 or or @dribbenonphilly on Twitter

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