Wissinoming auto shop owner is shot, killed by stray bullet, police say

Andrew Kramer
April 11, 2019 - 9:36 pm

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- An auto shop owner was shot and killed by a stray bullet Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia's Wissinoming neighborhood.

The 56-year-old victim owns Northeast Speedometer Services on Benner Street.

Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker says he was outside working on a car around 3:15 p.m. when two groups of men started shooting at each other down the block. One of the bullets from the gunfire ended up striking the victim.

"Employees of this business come out, they try to help him but, frantically, they couldn't do anything,” he explained. “Officers arrived to the scene, took him to the hospital quickly, but he hasn't survived his injuries."

Police say the gunfire was believed to be over drugs.

"An innocent guy who spent his whole life serving his community now has to leave this community being hit by a stray bullet from idiots firing guns over narcotics activity," Walker said.

Paul Britton says she grew up with the victim.

"Just a good guy, loved his family,” Britton said. “And there isn't really much to say besides he was a hardworking man and he loved his neighborhood. He had a shop here for many years."

Police say someone else was shot in this same area last week. That, too, was believed to be drug related.