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Man shot, killed at Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia: Police

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A man was shot and killed while in line at Pat's King of Steaks, the landmark cheesesteak shop in South Philadelphia, police say.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- One man is dead and another is in custody after a shooting early Thursday morning outside the iconic Pat's King of Steaks in South Philadelphia. Two men got into an argument while in line for food around 1 a. m. at 9th and Wharton streets and then started fighting, according to police. Investigators said about six or seven other customers were also in line waiting on cheesesteaks when the fight broke out. The shooter pulled out a gun and shot the 23-year-old victim once in the torso, possibly in the back, police said. Witnesses saw the shooter get into a van with a female driver.

They said there are multiple angles of surveillance video from surrounding businesses. This homicide now adds to the latest total that continues to rise in the city at a record pace. "All shootings are taken very serious by the police department, especially homicides and we do our best to deploy our personnel, do a full investigation and communicate with everyone involved and - in this particular case - the shooter is in custody," Small said. It's currently unclear whether the shooter and victim are tourists or local residents. Police have not yet released the identity of the victim. Pat's Steaks was closed for a few hours while police investigated. SEE ALSO: More shooting deaths as Philadelphia leaders address gun violence crisis

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