Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bar security guard charged with murder in shooting of manager privateofficer.com




Philadelphia PA Jan 18 2017
Philadelphia police have charged a security guard who fatally shot a bar manager on Monday night with murder.
Homicide Capt. James Clark said the 28-year-old bouncer and the 44-year-old manager had a history of "bad blood" before Monday night's shooting in the 5600 block of Boyer Street.
By Tuesday evening, the District Attorney's Office had approved murder and related charges against Edward Morgan, of the 2000 block of Mercy Street in South Philadelphia, Clark said.
A police investigation confirmed that an argument between Morgan and the victim, Christopher Johnson, escalated into a physical fight in a small private office of the bar at around 10:49 p.m. Monday, police said.
Morgan pulled out a Glock 22 and shot Johnson twice in his torso and once in his left thigh, police said.
After the shooting, Morgan waited at Sharon's Little Spot and the pistol was recovered, police said.
Authorities were trying to determine Tuesday whether Morgan had a license to carry a concealed firearm.
Detectives said that they interviewed customers and an employee and determined that the confrontation was mostly one sided and police say that Johnson was not armed.
According to Philadelphia property tax records, the property is owned by John Whitfield, who purchased it in 2008.
A state liquor license for the establishment issued to SMBW Inc. lists Whitfield as the president and Christina Spence as the manager, according to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board's website. A working number could not be found for Whitfield, Spence, or the bar itself.

Johnson, of the 7000 block of Rugby Street, West Oak Lane, was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:22 p.m.

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