A 22-year-old man has been arrested and will be charged with attempted murder and related crimes for shooting an off-duty security guard at a Philadelphia Wawa earlier this week following an argument about social-distancing restrictions at the convenience store, police said Saturday.
Authorities did not identify the alleged gunman. Sgt. Eric Gripp, a police spokesperson, said the man was taken into custody Friday night and that charges were pending.
Police said earlier this week that the shooting happened around 4:15 a.m. Friday after the 22-year-old argued with two security guards at the Wawa on the 1300 block of East Erie Avenue in the city’s Juniata Park section.
First, police said, he got into a dispute with a guard trying to enforce social distancing and limit the number of customers allowed inside the store. At some point after that, police said, the man got into a physical struggle with a second, off-duty security guard who works elsewhere but was at the store. The 22-year-old shot that man, age 25, in the chest, police said, then drove away in an Acura.