Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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After West Oak Lane shooting, tips come in and Philadelphia police nab suspect

West Oak Lane shooting suspect Brandon Cavanaugh.
West Oak Lane shooting suspect Brandon Cavanaugh.
Story Highlights
  • Brandon Cavanaugh, 23, was charged with a shooting in March that left three men hurt.
  • All three young men hit by bullets suffered none-life-threatening injuries.
  • The PPD thanked the media and the public for their in assistance in the arrest.

A West Oak Lane man has been charged with shooting up a Chinese food takeout in March that left three young men wounded by bullets, police said Thursday, noting the department's gratitude to residents who tipped off detectives to the suspect.

Brandon Cavanaugh, 23, of the 1900 block of East Chelten Avenue, allegedly walked up to the Chinese store in the 6600 block of North 18th Street at about 10:30 p.m. on March 19 and started firing at people inside the store, police said.

He allegedly fired one shot as he approached, then fired a few shots as he reached around the front door as someone inside tried closing it. In a final burst, he took a couple steps back and simply fired into the entrance, police said.

All three young men hit by bullets, aged 19, 21, and 22, suffered none-life-threatening injuries.

"The Philadelphia Police Department would like to extend it gratitude to the media and the public for their assistance in the arrest of Brandon Cavanaugh," the PPD said in a statement on their website, phillypolice.com. "After a long and intensive investigation and releasing surveillance video to the media, detectives received numerous phone tips identifying Cavanaugh as the suspect."


Contact Brian X. McCrone at 215-854-2267 or bmccrone@philly.com. Follow @brianxmccrone on Twitter.

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