UPPER DARBY— An investigation is underway into Upper Darby’s first homicide of the new year, according to authorities.
Acting Police Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt said late Monday afternoon that police are actively investigating the death of a 35-year-old Philadelphia man who was shot to death around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night in the 7000 block of Clover Lane. Police are looking into a potential robbery as the cause of the violent encounter.
Bernhardt said the victim was walking from the 7000 block of Greenwood Avenue through an alley to get to the 7000 block of Clover Lane. Police think there may have been a robbery attempt in the alleyway and when the victim ran he was shot by his assailant and collapsed on Clover Lane. Bernhardt said the victim was shot one time in the back and the bullet exited through the front of his body, potentially through the heart.
Some money and a phone were found on the victim’s person.
He was taken for an autopsy to the medical examiner’s office and the results of that examination are pending. Relatives are still being notified of the death which is preventing the police from publicly releasing his name.
“We think it’s going to be a robbery, but we’re not 100 percent,” said Bernhardt. “He may have resisted and fled.” If a robbery attempt, police couldn’t say if the victim was the planned target.
Bernhardt said there have been cooperative witnesses in the investigation. Police are still looking for any visual surveillance to assist them. There are no definite leads just yet in these early stages of the investigation just yet according to Bernhardt.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Upper Darby Det. Rob Marvil at 610-734-7686.