Suspect in Allerton Sunoco shooting believed to be responsible for recent shooting in Philadelphia

The suspect who shot a Sunoco gas attendant in The Bronx on Tuesday, Nov. 22, is believed to also be responsible for a recent shooting of a parking authority officer in Philadelphia.
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Police think the same suspect of last month’s Allerton Sunoco shooting in the Bronx also attempted to murder a transportation officer in Pennsylvania just three days later. 

On Nov. 25, the NYPD and Philadelphia Police Department reported an individual armed with a silver revolver approached an on-duty Philadelphia Parking Authority officer from behind and shot him, striking the officer in the head before fleeing.

The Associated Press reported the transportation officer was later listed in stable condition, and that police are offering a $20,000 reward for the assailant — who they said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Just a few days prior on Nov. 22, the NYPD responded to a call at a Sunoco gas station in the Allerton section of the Bronx — where a 59-year-old employee was shot in the head by an individual as he tried to assist him in opening the door. 

Police believe there is a “connection” between the two incidents because of similarities in clothing and characteristics of the shooter.

Locals in Allerton said the Sunoco employee who was shot has always been a friendly face in the community. After the incident on Nov. 22, the 59-year-old was transported to Jacobi Hospital in critical, but stable, condition. The hospital communications department had not responded to an inquiry about the Sunoco employee’s condition Wednesday. 

Allerton Sunoco gas attendant shot in head was a constant in community, ‘a family figure’


A NYPD spokesperson told the Bronx Times there were no further updates Wednesday. The investigation into both incidents remains active and ongoing.

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