Police on Tuesday released surveillance video of a man suspected of shooting and critically injuring a West Philadelphia beer deli owner with an AK-47 assault rifle over the weekend.
About 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the 50-year-old shop owner was washing his car outside his KCJ Inc. store on the southwest corner of 54th and Spruce Streets when a man holding a rifle tried to push him into the store in an attempt to rob it, police said. The store’s outdoor video shows a struggle during which the victim sprays his attacker with the hose, but does not show the shooting.
After shooting the shop owner in the right hip, the gunman fled south on 54th, police said. The victim was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.
On Tuesday, a 32-year-old nephew said the shop owner was still in critical condition.
Anyone with information is asked to call the police tip line at 215-686-TIPS (8477) or Southwest Detectives at 215-686-3183. Tips, which can be anonymous, can also be sent by email.