By Howard Monroe


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 78-year-old man was shot and killed Thursday afternoon during a robbery at what police are calling an illegal lottery hall. The crime scene unit is trying to piece together what happened in West Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Police haven’t identified the man yet, and therefore neither is Eyewitness News, but his nephew says he was a peacemaker.

“Who would hurt him? Who would do that?” the victim’s nephew, Alfonzo Connor, said.

Police say the building where the man was killed was an illegal gambling hall. They say they’ve raided the place recently.

The victim’s nephew says his uncle wasn’t a gambler.

“I tell you what, if they did that they ain’t come to rob him. He ain’t have no money for nothing like that,” Connor said.

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Police responded just after noon. They say the man was found on the first floor of the building.

It’s not clear if he was gambling. His nephew says whatever happened, he doesn’t believe his uncle was the intended target.

“Wrong place at the wrong time probably. You know you can walk into somewhere and something is happening, you might try to intervene probably to try to stop it. That was his nature too, to keep the peace,” Connor said.

Police haven’t made any arrests at this time.