Reporting Elizabeth Hur
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police hope surveillance video will lead to an arrest in the robbery and shooting in Northern Liberties.
You can see the suspect following the victim as he walked along the 700 block of N. Bodine Street.
29-year-old Kevin Neary (pictured below) was shot in the neck and remains in critical condition at Hahnemann Hospital.
Chris Neary, Kevin’s younger brother, said, “He’s a really good kid, he’s got the biggest heart.”
If Kevin Neary looks like a happy go-lucky kid in his pictures, his family will tell you that is Kevin in a nutshell.
Joe Neary, Kevin’s older brother explained, “He’s such a beautiful person and it’s hard because he brings so much to everyone’s lives.”
The 29-year-old University of Pennsylvania graduate went onto start his own business, finding jobs for nurses.
Joe added, “And to see someone else take that from him and being selfish, take that from us, that’s what hurts.”
That someone police believe is the man caught in the surveillance video. Kevin, according to his family, had just walked his friend home. Police say they were out watching Monday night football at the Piazza in Northern Liberties. Kevin was almost home when police say the man seen in the video shot him.
Lt. Pat Dougherty with the Philadelphia Police Department said, “Demands his belongings and before the complainant could respond or do anything, he is shot one time in the neck.”
Police say there’s additional video showing the same man running away, empty-handed.
Lt. Dougherty added, “It’s a sad sad job. It’s one we all would like to see brought in.”
The once vibrant and active young man remains hospitalized, unable to speak and still on a breathing tube all because police say the man caught on tape wanted to rob him.
Chris said, “If someone knows who did it, we just want them to come forward. I just want to see this person brought to justice.”
Kevin’s father, Joe Sr, said, “I mean this from the bottom of my heart. I just want him removed from the streets to protect others. It’s a difficult time but he is a wonderful young man and he will get through this.”
The suspect is described as a black male in his late 20s weighing about 190 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black cap and a gray sweatshirt stopped with an army coat.
If you see this male, police advise you do not approach him and contact 911 immediately. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Central Detectives at (215) 686-3093.
Reported by Elizabeth Hur, CBS 3