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Pat's Steaks Shooting Suspect ID; Linda Stoltzfoos Killer Pleads Guilty; Philly Police Shoot Gunman
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 07/23/21 3:15 pm | updated: 07/23/21 3:15 pm
Philadelphia Police have identified the suspect arrested in the fatal shooting outside of Pat's Steaks early Thursday morning, 7/22. 36-year-old Paul Burkert of Reading, PA, has been charged with the murder of 23-year-old David Padro of Camden, NJ. It happened just before 1 a.m. outside the iconic cheesesteak shop in South Philadelphia. The two men were in line to order when they got into an argument and then started to fight. Burkert allegedly pulled a gun and shot Padro in the back. He then got into a van driven by a woman and fled the scene. Burkert turned him self in to police near Independence Mall at 5th and Market a short time later. Padro was taken to Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man charged with kidnapping and killing an Amish teenager last year in Lancaster County admitted his guilt on Friday morning, 7/23. 35-year-old Justo Smoker pled guilty to third-degree murder, kidnapping, abuse of corpse, and other related offenses in the death of 18-year-old Linda Stoltzfoos. He was immediately sentenced to 35-71 years in prison. He could be sentenced to 17 more years for violating his parole. Smoker had been out on parole for multiple armed robberies and burglaries at the time he killed Stoltzfoos. It happened on June 21, 2020. Stoltzfoos was walking home from church when she disappeared. Smoker disclosed the location of the body to authorities this past April as part of a plea agreement.

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Philadelphia police officers shot and killed a man after he allegedly opened fire into a crowd in Kensington on Thursday evening, 7/22. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on the 3000 block of North Water Street near East Clearfield Street. Two undercover officers were in the area conducting a narcotics investigation. A large brawl broke out and the officers got out of their car and tried to break up the fight. That's when the unidentified man pulled out a gun and fired into the crowd. The officers fired back and struck the man in the shoulder and abdomen. He was taken to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The two officers are on administrative leave as the investigation continues. "It's just completely and totally out of control. We hear this all over the city. People are out just trying to enjoy a nice evening. Fights happen, we're never gonna be able to avoid that. But when someone produces a handgun, these are the things that that can happen," Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said. No one else was shot.

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