PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A suspect is on the run after shooting a man dead in his own home in South Philadelphia.
It happened just after 11:30 p.m. Sunday on the 2000 block of South Norwood Street.
Police say the 40-year-old man was home alone when he heard a knock at the door. When he answered it, police say the gunman opened fire.
“He was laying right by the front door, inside of his property, suffering from a gunshot wound to his chest. Police rushed him to Presbyterian Hospital. He was pronounced dead at 11:53 p.m. He was shot one time in the chest,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
The victim was identified by his fiancée Tia Wilson, as Richard Jackson. Jackson rebuilt homes like one right on his block. His fiancé says earlier on Sunday, Jackson was trying to convince a man to stop selling drugs — and instead get into construction, like himself. But a fight broke out between the two.
“He didn’t want this for nobody,” she said. “All he talked about was getting happy and being happy. Getting up out the hood.”
Wilson thinks the man may have sought revenge and come to their home to kill her fiance.
“Turn yourself in! That’s the best bet. You cannot hide nowhere,” said Wilson. “I really can’t understand why this happened. He was a good man.”
Several witnesses say they heard the gunshot and saw the shooter run from the scene.
“He is described as a tall thin male, wearing a white shirt and dark-colored pants. We are getting information that there may have been an argument or a fight earlier involving the victim and they believe that is the motivation,” said Small.
They are hoping nearby surveillance cameras will help them capture the shooter.