Philadelphia police are seeking the public's help in identifying a brazen and dangerous gunman who robbed two nearby stores in Feltonville over the weekend and shot and wounded two people.
The local Fraternal Order of Police announced Friday that it is offering a reward of $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the robberies.
On Tuesday, police had released video of the gunman, who is seen wearing distinctive clothing — royal blue sneakers in the first robbery and a silver hoodie in the second.
About 1 p.m. Saturday, the gunman entered the Double R Deli, at the corner of Ruscomb and Rosehill Streets and shot the 63-year-old owner of the store in his right hip area as he stood behind the counter. The gunman then went behind the counter and stole some cash and lottery tickets before fleeing.
The victim was taken by medics to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition.
Then, about 9:20 p.m. Sunday, police said, the same gunman is believed to have entered a mini market at the corner of Ruscomb and Gransback Streets, just a couple of blocks away from the deli, pointing a handgun at employees and ordering them to get on the floor.
He fired one shot at a 56-year-old male employee, striking him in the left leg, police said. An employee then gave the man cash after he demanded all the money from the register, police said. The victim was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries, police said.
The gunman was seen fleeing east on Ruscomb. Anyone with information about the assailant is asked to call the East Detective Division at 215-686-3243 or submit a tip online. Tipsters can remain anonymous.