Cops: Argument turns deadly in W. Phila.

Posted: February 13, 2014

AN ARGUMENT outside a West Philadelphia corner store turned violent yesterday, escalating into a shooting that left one man dead and another critically injured, police said.

About 3:50 p.m., officers responded to reports of gunshots outside La Super Big Manny Grocery at 40th and Poplar streets, Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives said.

He gave this account:

Four or five males were arguing when one pulled out a gun and began firing. Two men were hit - a 27-year-old was struck once in the right leg and a 23-year-old was struck once in the head and twice in the left arm.

The 23-year-old stumbled across Poplar and collapsed in front of H&H Day Care Learning Center, which was locked down for about 20 minutes after the shooting.

Both victims were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The 23-year-old was pronounced dead there at 4:31 p.m., and the 27-year-old remained there last night in critical but stable condition.

Police were on the scene last night collecting surveillance from the grocery store and canvassing the area for witnesses.

James Crawley, who lives a few houses from where the dead man collapsed, said he and his wife were home at the time of the shooting but didn't hear anything. He said the neighborhood was rough when he moved to the block about 20 years ago, but has gotten better in recent years.

"I'm just surprised this happened," he said outside his home last night. "It's such a shock."

John Creighton didn't share that sentiment as he picked up his grandchildren from H&H Day Care.

"I'm worried about it, yeah, but this stuff happens all over the world," he said. "I could transfer my grandkids to the Northeast; what's to say it won't happen there?"

Tipsters are asked to contact police at 215-686-3477.

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