PHILADELPHIA (TUSEN) – A shooting outside Pat’s Steaks in South Philly left one dead Thursday. A 23-year-old man was shot in the stomach at around 1 a.m. The violence unfolded in front of half a dozen people outside the popular restaurant in Wharton and South 9th Street.
“We believe the shooter and our victim were both in the client area when a physical confrontation broke out. The shooter then pulled out a gun and fired a shot, ”said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
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Eyewitnesses say the gunman then got into a van and fled. But police say he surrendered soon after.
Pat’s Steaks becomes the latest site of a deadly shooting in Philly. Police say a fight broke out there around 1 a.m. this morning. A 23-year-old man was shot and killed. The shooting suspect then went to the police. All the details on @CBSPhilly. pic.twitter.com/vhL5lHGF9F
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Investigators say the suspect was dropped off at 5th Street and Market Street and notified authorities.
“At the moment, we don’t have the van. We believe the driver of the van was a woman who took the shooter away. But we have the license plate for the pickup and a good description of the pickup, name and model, ”Small said.
It was just the last homicide in a year on its way to becoming the deadliest on record in Philly.
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At least 309 homicides to date as of the time of Mayor Jim Kenney’s gun violence press conference on Wednesday. This number has now increased.
“I called the increase in gun violence a public health emergency,” Kenney said.
Amid calls for Mayor Kenney to declare a state of emergency over gun violence in Philadelphia, the mayor on Wednesday doubled down on why he doesn’t think it will make a difference.
“I don’t think a local declaration of emergency will have any benefit for Philadelphia. Governor Wolf and I have discussed the possibility of an order of state, as in New York, and we will continue those discussions. But a local declaration will not unlock any funding. We’ve done it before, ”Kenney said.
But this escalation in gun violence has many wondering which place is safe in Philadelphia.
“We came here to enjoy a typical night. We were at the bar. Why are we going to come here and have to put our lives in danger? I don’t get it at all, ”said Zach Lomas, of Marlton, New Jersey.
Pat’s Steaks has since reopened.
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