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Man charged with murder in shooting witnessed by police

A man who allegedly shot two men, killing one, in Kensington on Friday as two police officers watched has been charged with murder, authorities said Monday.

Man charged with murder in shooting witnessed by police

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Daniel Walker, 24, is charged with murder and related offenses for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man to death in Kensington Friday, April 26, 2013. (Philadelphia Police)
Daniel Walker, 24, is charged with murder and related offenses for allegedly shooting a 20-year-old man to death in Kensington Friday, April 26, 2013. (Philadelphia Police)

A man who allegedly shot two men, killing one, in Kensington on Friday as two police officers watched has been charged with murder, authorities said Monday.

Daniel Walker, 24, of Wishart Street near Jasper in Kensington, is charged with murder and related offenses for allegedly pulling a gun and firing into a Cadillac on Amber Street near Cambria early Friday evening, wounding both men in the car.

Gravely wounded in the head was the 20-year-old driver, Theodore Cossum, who lived on William Street near Trenton Avenue in Kensington. A 27-year-old man who was sitting in the passenger seat suffered a gunshot wound to the shoulder and survived his injuries, police said.

Two officers driving in a marked police cruiser behind the Cadillac at the time of the shooting witnessed it. They immediately chased Walker on foot, investigators said, and caught up with him not far from the scene. The gun Walker is accused of using to kill Cossum and wound the second man was also recovered nearby, after police say he tossed it during the chase.

Police have not said what motivated the shooting.

Two journalists making a documentary film in Kensington were in the area at the time of the shooting and shot video of the immediate aftermath -- starting before police arrived at the scene. Watch that video here (note: graphic content).

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