One killed in shooting in Philadelphia

A man evicted from a shelter was the attacker.

English 17/01/2016 21:35 AP Philadelphia Actualizada 21:35
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A man who had been evicted from a Philadelphia homeless shelter for being intoxicated fatally shot one employee and wounded another after returning for his belongings Sunday morning, authorities said.

The man, who had been evicted Friday night, got into an argument with an employee at Station House shelter in north Philadelphia, pulled a gun and opened fire, police said.

One employee, a man in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene and another, a 26-year-old man, was shot in the hip and taken to a hospital.

The gunman - wearing a green hoodie, a black skull cap and jeans - was last seen fleeing behind railroad tracks in the rear of the building. Investigators said the shooter had been identified by the surviving employee.

Capt. Anthony Ginaldi told WPVI-TV police are still searching for the 32-year-old gunman they consider armed and dangerous.

Former mayor W. Wilson Goode, whose SELF, Inc. organization runs the shelter, praised the two workers.

"I don't think you could have found more dedicated employees, more concerned employees, more compassionate and passionate employees about what they do. They love their work and people who work with them love them," said Goode, who served as Philadelphia mayor from 1984 to 1992.

Goode said security procedures would be assessed to ensure the safety of employees and residents.

Officials expressed shock as well as fears that the crime might deter people from entering shelters as the frigid weather was poised to enter the region overnight.

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