Man charged with murder in Pat King’s steak shooting after parking fight – NBC10 Philadelphia
A Berks County man has been charged with killing a 23-year-old during a fight at Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia.
Reading resident Paul Burkert, 36, is charged with murder, trespassing with a firearm, possession of an instrumentality of crime, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and conspiracy, it was announced on Friday the Philadelphia Police Department.
Witnesses told Philadelphia police that an Eagles fan and a New York Giants fan began a fight just before 1 a.m. Thursday outside the cheesesteak shop at 9th and Wharton streets (next door of Passyunk Avenue), Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
The fight may have started in a parking space, witnesses said.
There were six or seven people queuing for food at the time. Burkert shot the 23-year-old at least once on the sidewalk, near where people can sit at picnic tables, before he jumped into a van driven by a woman and drove off. run away, Small said.
The victim was identified as David Padro of the 2700 block of Federal Street in Camden, New Jersey.
“All I heard was ‘pop’, and all I saw was everyone running,” a witness told NBC10.
A witness was left baffled by how an argument between customers led to a fatal shooting at Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia. NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal.
Burkert left the victim bleeding on the floor, police said. Officers transported the man to hospital, where he died a short time later.
Police then received a call that Burkert was heading near Independence Hall in Old Town.
Police did not immediately provide an update on the woman who allegedly drove the getaway van.
Pat’s is known for its all-day and night cheesesteaks, sitting across from rival Geno’s Steaks. Both are huge draws for locals and tourists.