Gas Stations Become a Magnet for Violence in Philadelphia
On March 22, Rasheen Naseeb Robinson pulled his car into the Liberty gas station in East Kensington and stopped in its convenience store. When he back to his car, a gunman shot him five times, including once in the head. He died minutes later.
On August 14 Alexander Vincent Ott stopped at the Gulf station in Wynnefield, a leafy neighborhood just inside the city’s western border. But while Ott was pumping gas, a gunman shot him multiple times in the back, killing him instantly.
The unsolved murders of Robinson and Ott are among 9 killings committed at Philadelphia gas stations in 2021 and so far this year. That’s up from zero such homicides in 2018, 2019, and 2020, police said. > Read More
Philadelphia Gas Station Owner Hires Armed Agents to Patrol Property
The owner of a North Philadelphia gas station says he took security measures into his own hands to keep his customers and employees safe.
Neil Patel hired a private security company, Pennsylvania State Agents, to patrol his KARCO gas station at Broad and Clearfield streets three weeks ago, and now he has a daily armed presence with at least two agents on the premise nightly.
“We’re Pennsylvania State Agents and we’re not security. Basically, what we do is security details when the public calls upon us when the police can’t be there,” explained Andre Boyer. > Read More