PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A man who was shot at a Philadelphia hotel during a family gathering has died from his injuries, police announced Wednesday.
During a family gathering inside the Four Points by Sheraton Tuesday night, an argument got out of hand.
The man who tried to be a peacemaker wound up getting shot in the face.
The suspect, 49-year-old Jose Williams tried running, but police were able to track him down in the 4700 block of Island Avenue.
It was just after 7 p.m. when police say a family that rented two rooms on the fourth floor was having a family gathering.
Police tell CBS 3, Williams, who came to the party as a guest of his girlfriend, got into a heated argument.
“At some point our victim intervened and told him lets go for a smoke, as they left the room they’re walking down the hallway, apparently an argument ensues in the hallway our defendant pulls out a gun and fires one time striking our victim in the face. He then flees the hotel,” Philadelphia Police Lt. John Walker said.
Williams then went down Island Avenue to a cab stand.
Cabbies helped police zero in on the man who was arrested on the spot after jumping over the fence that surrounds the cab stand.
Horrified family members appeared stunned that such a happy occasion could turn so violent, so quickly, over nothing.
“He’s in the room and he feels like people are disrespecting him in the room, and he gets loud and our intervener, who is now shot, tries to tell him listen it’s not that deep let’s go outside and talk,” Walker said.
The 34-year-old victim was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Wednesday night, police told CBS 3 the victim had died from his injuries. Police have not released his identity.
Williams has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, simple assault and related offenses.