Man gunned down in front of moms, children in playground

Sept. 24, 2013 at 1:29 AM

PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A 45-year-old man was gunned down Monday afternoon in a Philadelphia playground as mothers and young children scattered, police said.

Family members and friends told KYW-TV the victim was Tony McAllister. They said the shooting was especially hard for his mother because her husband, Tony's stepfather, was one of three Philadelphia firefighters killed in 1991 in a fire in a downtown office building, the Meridian Plaza.

McAllister was hit by several bullets, police said. The shooter apparently left little evidence behind and investigators were unable to get a good description of him.

Chief Inspector Scott Small said the Morris Estates Playground was fairly crowded when the gunfire broke out at 6 p.m.

"They were young mothers with very young children under the age of 10, some under age of five that were playing on the playground on a nice afternoon," Small said. "We're really really fortunate no other innocent bystanders were struck."

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