Police: 1 in custody after Wissinoming shooting leaves auto shop owner dead

Dan Wing
April 12, 2019 - 7:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say a person, believed to be connected to the shooting death of a Wissinoming auto shop owner, has been taken into custody.

The suspect, officials say, led officers on a car chase that ended not far from where 56-year-old Michael Gleba was shot and killed by a stray bullet.

On Thursday, Gleba was out front of Northeast Speedometer Services working on a car when two groups began trading gunfire a little further down Benner Street, police say. 

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Police Capt. John Walker says one of the bullets struck Gleba in the stomach.

"Employees of this business come out, they try to help him but, frantically, they couldn't do anything," Walker said. "It's just unfortunate that a gentleman whose family has spent many years in this neighborhood now has lost his life to senseless shootings from individuals dealing drugs in the city. It's horrifying."

Gleba was taken to an area hospital where he died.

Walker says everyone in the two groups, at the time, who were shooting at each other had gotten away.

Violence has been on the rise in recent weeks in Wissinoming. A man was killed in the same area two weeks ago. And less than two hours after Gleba was killed, another man was shot and killed inside a corner store about five blocks away. 

Currently, it's not clear if the person arrested was one of the shooters, but you can stay with KYW Newsradio as we continue to bring you the latest.


KYW Newsradio's Andrew Kramer contributed to this story.