Tips lead police to suspect in brazen West Oak Lane triple-shooting [video]

Philadelphia Police said Thursday that tips from the public led them to arrest a 23-year-old West Oak Lane man who allegedly shot three people inside a Chinese takeout store near 66th and Ogontz avenues the night of March 19.

The incident garnered much attention because of a graphic surveillance video that showed the victims getting shot as they tried to prevent the gunman from entering the premises.

On Monday, police arrested Brandon Cavanaugh and charged him with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses.

Cavanaugh lives about three blocks away from the shooting scene, on the 1900 block of E. Chelten Ave.

“After a long and intensive investigation and releasing surveillance video to the media,” a police press release stated, “detectives received numerous phone tips identifying Cavanaugh as the suspect.”

According to police, all three victims — 19-, 21- and 22-year old men who were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center by private vehicles — suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


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