Police: Suspect kills man, crashes, shoots witness

NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A suspect has been arrested after police said he shot two people, killing one of them, and then fired at a witness who threatened to call 911.

"Definitely a bizarre incident," Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said as he described the series of events to reporters Wednesday morning.

It began around 2 a.m. at B Street and Alleghany Avenue in North Philadelphia.

Police said a 31-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were standing at the corner when the suspect fired striking both of them.

The male victim was shot in the chest. The female victim was shot in the torso.

Both were taken to Temple University Hospital where the man died a short time later. The woman remains in stable condition.

Police said after the shooting, the suspect got into a Toyota Camry and fled the scene going north on B street.

After fleeing just a block away, police said he crashed his vehicle at B and Westmoreland streets, going up onto the curb and knocking over a utility pole.

The suspect then exited the car and began to take off the license plate.

That's when, police said, neighbors went to investigate what was happening.

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They told the suspect they would call 911.

The suspect then shot one of the neighbors, a 55-year-old man, in the head.

The victim was taken to Temple Hospital in stable condition.

When police arrived to the second shooting scene, witnesses were able to give a description of the suspect, stating he had a gun and removed the license plate to the vehicle.

Approximately three blocks away, along the 200 block of E Clearfield Street, police spotted a man fitting the description of the suspect who was carrying a license plate.

Police stopped him.

The suspect had a gun, and the license plate, still in his possession.

Police took him into custody.

Several witnesses from both scenes were able to identify the suspect.

At this time, there is no motive for the initial shooting.

Police continue to investigate.
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