Police: Man fatally stabbed in South Philadelphia Wawa parking lot

Police said the stabbing happened in the parking lot of the store on the 1600 block of S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

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Monday, February 14, 2022
Police: Man fatally stabbed in Wawa parking lot
A man died Monday morning after he was stabbed in the parking lot of a South Philadelphia Wawa store, police said.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A man was found dead of stab wounds inside a vehicle at a Wawa store in South Philadelphia, but the circumstances of his death remain unclear.

It happened in the parking lot of the store on the 1600 block of S. Christopher Columbus Boulevard.

Police say the victim, a 50-year-old man, went into the Wawa just before 2 a.m. to buy food. He returned to his Kia SUV and ate the food in the driver's seat.

Customers then alerted a security guard at about 4:25 a.m. that someone needed to check on the man in the vehicle.

Fire and EMS crews broke the back driver's side window to gain access to the car, police said.

According to police, the man was stabbed in the abdomen and was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are now using store cameras to get a better description of a possible suspect and motive for the stabbing.

The vehicle had an Uber sticker on the front window, but it's unclear if the victim works for the company, investigators said.

Action News reached out to Uber with the vehicle information. A spokesperson said, based on that information, the Kia's last ride was on Friday and not in the area of South Philadelphia.

The Wawa store was closed for a few hours while police investigated.

"This is our corner store. Basically, we live around here and we come here all the time," said Lynda Riley who has lived blocks away for years. Riley and her son said it's not the first time police have been called to the area for crime.

In October, police responded to the same Wawa after gunfire erupted in the parking lot leaving a 35-year-old man dead.

"Ever since I found out about the shooting that happened, I think it was October, I don't come out here at night no more," said James Riley. "It's sad I gotta watch my back when I'm walking to the store no matter what time it is. It's not worth it to get something to eat... you can lose your life."