Trax Foods clerk killed in Kensington South robbery

Throngs of busy com­muters skir­ted po­lice tape on Front Street Thursday morn­ing as of­ficers from the Phil­adelphia Po­lice De­part­ment’s Hom­icide Unit in­vest­ig­ated a fatal shoot­ing in­side Trax Foods at Front Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue.

One dazed clerk sat out­side the pop­u­lar con­veni­ence store, loc­ated at the foot of the Mar­ket-Frank­ford EL’s Gir­ard Sta­tion, as de­tect­ives worked to piece to­geth­er the early morn­ing murder of a Trax em­ploy­ee.

“I have no idea what happened,” said the clerk, who did not give his name.

Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a spokes­wo­man in the de­part­ment’s Me­dia Af­fairs Unit, said an em­ploy­ee was shot in an at­temp­ted rob­bery that took place at 2:56 a.m. this morn­ing.

Po­lice have not yet re­leased the name of the slain man. O’Bri­en said he was between 50 and 60 years old.

Po­lice re­spon­ded to an emer­gency call at 1204 N. Front St., and found the vic­tim with a gun­shot wound to the face, said O’Bri­en. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Hom­icide de­tect­ives planned to re­lease more in­form­a­tion about the nature of the at­tack and a de­scrip­tion of sus­pects later in the day, O’Bri­en said.

Re­ports on NBC Chan­nel 10 said po­lice are look­ing for two men in their early 20s and that de­tect­ives are re­view­ing sur­veil­lance video taken from the store.

Loc­ated at the cross­roads of Fishtown, North­ern Liber­ties and Kens­ing­ton South, the 24-hour mar­ket and deli is pop­u­lar with com­muters and with crowds leav­ing nearby clubs and bars in the early morn­ing hours.

Re­port­er Bri­an Rademaekers can be reached 215 354 3039 or 

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