Chester Rite Aid Manager Shot To Death; 1 Suspect Arrested
By Al Novack, Dray Clark, Steve Beck, Matt Rivers, Cherri Gregg
CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — Police have arrested one man in connection with the shooting death of a Rite Aid store manager in Delaware County Thursday night.
David Wiggins will be charged with first, second and third degree murder for the shooting death of 40-year-old Jason Scott McClay.
“We were able to get his finger prints off of the scene when he ran out after the shooting. And we also had witnesses who were able to identify him,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said.
Whelan says fingerprints and tips from the public led police to Wiggins, who was already known to police:
“We also had witnesses able to identify him once we were able to get his name and photograph from his prints.”
The shooting happened at about 10:00 p.m. at the store located at 9th and Highland Streets in Chester.
According to investigators, two suspects – Wiggins and a female – entered the store and got into an argument with McClay, who was the store’s manager.
During the argument, police say one of the suspects shot McClay. When police arrived, they found McClay dead of a gunshot wound to the head.
After shooting the victim, the suspects ran out of the store. It was not immediately known which suspect pulled the trigger and if anything was taken.
Police are still searching for the female suspect. She is described as having light skin in her mid-20s, wearing a red hooded jacket with white stripes on the sleeves, blue jeans and grey sneakers.
“We’re still searching for a female accomplice and we’re trying to bring her to justice,” Whelan said.
Authorities say McClay, of Broomall, was a Navy veteran and was filling in for another manager Thursday night.
“Today we are grieving a loss of a member of our Rite Aid family who was tragically killed last night … we are working closely with authorities regarding this matter,” Rite Aid regional vice president David Mahan said Friday.
Anyone with additional information can call 610-447-8431 or call 9-1-1.