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Man who opened fire on a Philadelphia bar was working for an organization to fight shootings in the city: Report

Image source: KYW-TV video screenshot

Police are seeking the whereabouts of a man who is accused of opening fire on patrons at a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, bar on April 30.

The man, ironically, was believed to be working for an organization that aims to reduce shootings and crime in the city when he fired shots around the building.

What are the details?

According to a report from KYW-TV, Antonio Jardine, 51, was inside Strawberry Mansion bar when a fight broke out and he reached for his gun.

Jardine, who was said to be on duty with the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network, reportedly fired several shots during the course of the incident.

At least three people were injured in the shooting. Their conditions are unknown at the time of this reporting.

Following the incident, Jardine reportedly fled in a van belonging to the organization.

Jardine, naturally, no longer works for the network, and police are seeking his whereabouts in connection with the crime.

George Mosee, a former prosecutor and executive director of the agency, told the station that he was furious to hear the reports.

"I was informed that an employee of the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network was involved in a shooting that resulted in three people being wounded," Mosee said. "It's completely repugnant to everything that we stand for."

Mosee added that he hopes Jardine turns himself in.

"We want to make sure that he does things from this point forward the right way," he added.

Jardine, according to police, has a violent criminal history including aggravated assault.

Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker told the station that the incident likely stemmed from a verbal altercation.

“We believe, again, this is a domestic argument between two individuals and the person he’s arguing with pulls out a gun,” Walker said. “He then pulls out his gun and the two shoot it out and obviously, Mr. Jardine flees the scene. He’s currently a fugitive.”

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