Reward announced in PHA worker shooting

July 28, 2009 3:58:20 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Carpenters Union and the Citizens Crime Commission announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting and wounding of PHA worker Rodney Barnes.Barnes, 46, was shot in the back of the head Saturday afternoon in the 2300 block of Norris Street while working in the Raymond Rosen Manor.

He remains in critical condition at Temple Hospital.

At a Tuesday afternoon news conference, his wife of 20 years, the mother of their 4 children, showed compassion for the gunman.

"I pray God will touch your heart, that you cannot not rest until you have to turn yourself in. Your life isn't over. You can turn your life around," Shirley Barnes said.

Police say Barnes was reaching for tools in the back of his truck.

"An unknown person drove up in a vehicle and just shot him in the back of the head for no reason at all," Chief Richard Zappile of the PHA Police said.

One theory is that the shooting could be related to a shooting that occurred Friday, a little more than a block away.

Two suspects are in custody from that incident. That victim is expected to recover.

Barnes had been working for PHA in the neighborhood every other weekend for about 6 months.

Police say this may be a case of mistaken identity.

The Philadelphia Housing Authority and the Carpenter's Union are contributing $5000 each for the total $10,000 reward that is being administered by the Citizens Crime Commission.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is encouraged to call 215-546-TIPS (8477). Their identity will be confidential.