Man killed while eating sandwich at North Philadelphia market identified

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Man murdered while eating sandwich at mini mart: Dann Cuellar reports on Action News at 11 p.m., January 17, 2018 (WPVI)

Police have identified the man shot and killed while eating a sandwich Wednesday night at a corner store in North Philadelphia.

22-year-old Carlos Viruet was from the 100 block of North Reservoir Street in Lancaster, Pa.

Police said it was just after 7 p.m. that officers from the 25th District responded to numerous 911 calls for gunshots inside the Brilliante Mini Market in the 3300 block of N. 6th Street.

"They found a 22-year-old man inside the store, lying in one of the aisles, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his head, neck, chest, abdomen and legs," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Employees said the victim, who frequents the store, was sitting on a milk crate eating a sandwich and drinking a soda he had just ordered.

"That's when two men with masks walked in, both had guns," said Small. "They went right up to the individual, point-blank range, and fired over 20 shots."

Police said they found more than 20 shell casings from two different caliber semi-automatic weapons scattered about near the victim.

Police rushed the man to Temple University Hospital.

"However he was struck so many times by gunfire, in so many parts of his body, including his head and neck, he was pronounced almost immediately upon arrival," said Small.

Police said the two masked men, who at this time remain unidentified, ran off in an unknown direction.

"Right now we don't have a motive for the shooting," said Small. "However there was no robbery that took place of the victim, nor was there a robbery of the variety store."

Homicide detectives continue to interview witnesses inside the store. They are also reviewing surveillance footage from inside and outside the mini-market as they try to track the assailants.

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