Business Owners Reveal Fear of Man Shot Killed Inside North Philadelphia Store – CBS Philly
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia’s homicide rate continues to rise. In the latest deadly shooting, police say a man was killed inside an electronics store in northern Philadelphia. Now, business owners in the area are revealing their fears as they try to make a living.
Police believe the deadly shooting was targeted.
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While Philadelphia is struggling with its staggering homicide rate, companies are being left to cope with the city’s gun violence crisis.
No comment from a man who opened Techish Wednesday morning, hours after a deadly shooting took place inside.
“It appears this victim was targeted because he was hit multiple times,” said Philadelphia Police Inspector Scott Small.
Philadelphia police cordoned off the area at 11th Street and Lehigh Avenue for most of Tuesday night after officers said a 28-year-old man was inside the store paying his phone bill when there was a brief altercation between him and another male.
Police say the suspect pulled out a gun and fired a barrage of bullets, hitting the 28-year-old victim nine times and killing him.
“He was shot several times – neck, chest and torso. He reacted completely,” Small said.
Nearby business owners say they often worry about crime in this area.
“We’re trying to make a living, but it’s really hard,” said one business owner.
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At Germantown Electronics, merchandise is stored in glass cases or behind a counter to try to prevent theft.
“We are not safe here. We are scared,” Mahady Drame said.
Over at Phila Jewelry, the owner says he has had thefts and other quarrels in his business, so now it is only open during the day.
“Everywhere right now you have to be careful,” said Phila Jewelry owner Khiem Bui.
“It affects us all,” Adam Garber told CeaseFirePA.
Garber says Philly’s grim new record of more than 550 killings so far this year is affecting everyone in the city, even outside neighborhoods.
“I think we reached a state in Philadelphia where a lot of people do not feel safe,” Garber said.
“It’s not safe, that’s all I can say,” said one store owner.
A gun was found at the scene and Techish workers have been questioned by police but no one has been arrested.
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