Knock at door turns deadly in Philadelphia peephole shooting

PHILADELPHIA Mon May 12, 2014 12:55pm EDT

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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - A man squinting through a peephole at his Philadelphia home in response to a late-night knock at his front door was shot in the face and killed, police said on Monday.

Family members at home at the time told police the 29-year-old victim heard a knock at the door around midnight Sunday in the city's East Germantown neighborhood.

He then peered at the visitor through an improvised peephole at the side of his front door and suddenly shots rang out, police said.

The victim, not yet identified by police, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

Police believe the shooter, who fled on foot, may have had an accomplice.

No arrests have been made.

(Editing by Barbara Goldberg; Editing by Leslie Adler)

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auger wrote:
This listed as Reuters ‘Most Popular’ – and strangely(?), no comments. with muted sadness we accept the new state of the union

May 13, 2014 9:05am EDT  --  Report as abuse
3887813 wrote:
Good reason to use a camera system rather than a direct line-of-sight peep hole. Also, you shouldn’t answer your door without having a gun handy.

May 13, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
3887813 wrote:
Good reason to use a camera system rather than a direct line-of-sight peep hole. Also, you shouldn’t answer your door without having a gun handy.

May 13, 2014 10:25am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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