Philadelphia police charged a man today with a shooting at a Hunting Park bar over the weekend that killed one man and wounded six others.
Pedro Colon, 22, of the 600 block of West Rising Sun Avenue, faces murder, aggravated assault and weapons charges.
Police say Colon got into a fight inside La Quinta Restaurant & Bar, at Fifth and Courtland Streets, Saturday night and was thrown out. He got into another fight outside and was barred from reentering.
Colon then went home, changed his shirt and returned to the bar around 1 a.m. Sunday armed with a gun, police said. When he was again blocked at the door, Colon opened fire from the doorway, hitting seven people inside.
The shots killed Damien Aguilar, 35, and wounded six other people, all of whom are expected to recover. Colon fled the shooting scene.
Around 6:50 p.m. Sunday, patrol officers from the 25th District spotted a Buick Regal driving erratically near Reese and Cambria Streets and signaled for the car to stop. The driver – Colon – then hit a parked car and tried to flee on foot.
Colon struggled with police and had to be shot with a Taser to be arrested, police said. Initially, he was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
"At the time, they had no idea who they were arresting," said Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman.
Homicide detectives later linked Colon to the La Quinta shooting and charged him with those crimes, Vanore said.