Video shows fight at Pat’s Steaks in South Philly moments before fatal shooting – NBC10 Philadelphia
Cellphone video obtained by NBC10 shows a fight at South Philly’s iconic Pat’s Steaks moments before a fatal shooting took place outside the restaurant.
On July 22, shortly before 1 a.m., police responded to Pat’s King of Steaks along the 1200 block of South 9th Street for a report of a person with a gun. Upon arrival, they found David Padro, Jr., 23, of Camden, New Jersey, with a gunshot wound to his lower back.
Padro was taken to Jefferson University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:23 a.m.
Paul Burkert, 36, of Reading, Pennsylvania, later surrendered. He was arrested and charged with murder, tampering with evidence, conspiracy and other offences. Investigators also said Burkert was a convicted drug addict and was not allowed to have a gun. Charles Peruto, Burkert’s attorney, also told NBC10 that his client was not in legal possession of the gun.
Cellphone video obtained by NBC10 shows the final seconds of a fight between Padro, wearing a pink shirt, and Burkert, wearing a dark-colored shirt and backwards cap, at Pat’s Steaks before filming. The video, however, does not show the shooting or what led up to the fight.
Peruto insisted his client acted in self-defense.
“My client tried to throw a punch and then he was choked to the point where he thought his head was going to be blown off,” Peruto said. hit it.”
Peruto claimed the fight started when Burkert tapped Padro’s car outside the restaurant. He also said there were more videos of the fight.
“People took out their cellphones and started filming him because he was so angry. And that’s why we have videos,” Peruto said. “There are three different videos of people putting it out and luckily the bull rush is on that.”
A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office told NBC10 that they are currently reviewing videos as part of their investigation.
Meanwhile, Padro’s father, David Padro, Sr., stands in disbelief as he continues to cry.
“I will never get my son back,” he said. “So if he goes to jail forever or something, that’s a certain piece of justice he’s going to get. But will I ever be happy with what happened? No . “
Padro, Sr. told NBC10 that Burkert stood up to his son and that the video along with Peruto’s self-defense allegation only added insult to injury.
“My opinion, no, it’s not self-defense,” Padro, Sr. said of my son being like that was downright wild. It was the first time I saw my son fight.
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