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On parole for murder, he's accused of murder again

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Philadelphia man already on parole for murder who is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a patron outside of an Upper Darby bar early yesterday morning, police said.

On parole for murder, he's accused of murder again

John Gordon
John Gordon

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Philadelphia man already on parole for murder who is believed to be responsible for the shooting death of a patron outside of an Upper Darby bar early yesterday morning, police said.

Upper Darby Police believe John Gordon, 37, of Bellford Street near Buist Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia, shot and killed Randy Campbell, 23, outside of the Venue bar on Garrett Road  around 2:40 a.m. after the two got in to a fight in the bathroom of the establishment, police said.

Gordon is on state parole until 2029 for a 1992 robbery and murder, police said. The exact circumstances of that case were not immediately clear.

Witnesses who were outside of the Venue bar Monday said before Gordon fired 13 bullets at the crowd he told them: "You need to get out of here, it's about to be a f***ing crime scene," according to court documents.

Upper Darby Police Superintedent Michael Chitwood said police have not recovered a murder weapon and Gordon is believed to still be armed with a .40 caliber semi-automatic gun.

"He's armed, he's dangerous, he's been convicted of murder," Chitwood said. "Guys like him shouldn't be out on the street. This is what they are capable of doing - blowing people away."

Gordon is described as 6-feet-3 and 240 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to call Upper Darby detectives at 610-734-7677.

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