Man in wheelchair arrested after shooting at Philadelphia corner store; another shooter still sought

Police continue to search for another suspect connected to a separate shooting that happened hours after the first.

Thursday, May 30, 2024
Man in wheelchair arrested after shooting at Philadelphia corner store; another shooter still sought
Man in wheelchair arrested after shooting at Philadelphia corner store; another shooter still sought

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man using a wheelchair was taken into custody on Wednesday after allegedly shooting someone at a Philadelphia corner store.

Now, police continue searching for another suspect connected to a separate shooting that happened just hours after the first.

In the first incident, investigators say a man in a wheelchair opened fire inside a corner store in Philadelphia's Mayfair section.

It happened just before 3 p.m. on the 3300 block of Saint Vincent Street at Schaaf's Market.

Police say a 41-year-old man was shot following an argument with the suspect, identified as 39-year-old Noel Fletcher.

The victim was taken to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital by police in critical condition.

Fletcher was taken into custody Monday night.

The second incident happened in a residential area where many children frequently play outside.

Several police officers and at least 13 evidence markers surrounded the section of Wilson Park Apartments in South Philadelphia.

Police say a 50-year-old man was shot on 26th and Jackson streets just after 5:30 p.m.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"We know 12 shots were fired from a semiautomatic weapon. It appears the shooter was standing very, very close to the victim," said Chief Inspector Scott Small with Philadelphia police.

Other people were outside when the shots rang out, including children who were playing at the Wilson Park Boys and Girls Clubs of Philadelphia nearby.

The club's vice president says they went on lockdown for nearly an hour with about 40 children inside.

"We had one of the young ladies come into the building because she was running away from the gunshots," recalled Shanelle Coleman.

Coleman says they're more than prepared for these lockdowns due to previous shootings.

"They know this is a safe haven. It doesn't matter where you are. If you know you can get to the club, the doors are always open and we will protect you," she said.

Police say surveillance video may have helped them identify the suspect, who was seen driving away in a burgundy Toyota sedan.

No arrests have been made in this case.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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