Police search for suspects in unrelated bar shootings

The suspects in the surveillance picture are wanted for a shooting that happened on March 12 outside the Marmeliz Bar in the city’s Feltonville section. — Photograph from the Philadelphia Police Department

East Detectives Division is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying suspects in two separate and unrelated crimes.

The first was a shooting happened in the city’s Feltonville section on March 2. At 2:38 a.m., a 30-year-old male was working as a security guard inside La Tamborita Bar located at 459 W. Wyoming Ave. After the bar was closed and patrons were leaving, a Hispanic male that had been told to leave the bar earlier returned with a group of males.

One of the males, who was armed with a gun, pointed the gun at the front door and fired four shots at the door striking the victim and causing a graze wound to his chest. After the shooting, the group fled with the shooter and were last seen going west on Wyoming Avenue in a dark colored four-door vehicle.

The shooter is described as a tall Hispanic male who was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt.

The second shooting incident happened on March 12 just after 3 a.m., again in the city’s Feltonville section. On the date in question, an unknown male who attempted to enter the Marmeliz Bar located at 458 E. Wyoming Ave. and was refused entry by the first victim, a 29-year-old-male who is an employee of the bar.

After an argument that escalated to a fight on the highway, the suspect pulled a handgun and fired three shots at the male, striking him twice in the back. A second victim, a 26-year-old-male who was leaving the bar, was struck once in the left leg. Both suspects fled the area on foot.

The first victim was transported to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. The second victim was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center in stable condition. The suspects are described as Hispanic males with dark hair.

The first suspect had a goatee, and was wearing a light colored shirt and light colored dress pants. The second suspect has a thin beard, light mustache, with tattoos covering both arms. He was wearing a t-shirt with a design on front and blue jeans.

Anyone with information can call 911 or East Detectives Division at (215) 686-3250.

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