In Philadelphia, a security officer lost his life and another was hurt in a stabbing at Macy’s, says acting police boss John Stanford. This happened downtown on Market Street.
They caught 30-year-old Tyrone Tunnell at a SEPTA station in Kensington after what went down.
Stanford shared that it all started near 10:45 a.m. when Tunnell tried swiping a bunch of hats at Macy’s. Security stopped him and after a bit of a tussle, they got the hats back.
Tunnell left but came back around 15 minutes later, Stanford noted.
Stanford says that Tunnell came back, went straight for a guard, and then charged at another one, knife in hand, and started stabbing.
The second guard tried to help his buddy and got slashed and stabbed a lot.
They rushed both guards to Jefferson University Hospital, where 27-year-old Eric Harrison didn’t make it. The second guard got cut in his face and arm, the police report.
“Just a tragic situation, again just right here a few weeks before the holiday,” Stanford called it a really sad thing. “These security officers are just doing their job.”
Tunnell, who’s been in trouble for shoplifting before in Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, ran away on the Market-Frankford Line but got nabbed later at SEPTA’s Somerset Station.
Denise Shaw was shopping at Macy’s when chaos erupted.
“All of the sudden, the guy came on the thing and said ‘Get out,'” Shaw recalled. “He was like, ‘We’re closed. Everybody evacuate. Go to the nearest exit.'”
For a short while, they shut down Market Street right by the store and a way into the Market-Frankford Line. Cops were going in and out of Macy’s.
People around were totally shocked.
Jennifer Funk makes it a tradition to come see the Christmas Village and Macy’s window displays every year with her people.
“We’re actually staying at the hotel right over here,” she mentioned. “We heard a crap ton of sirens coming out earlier and just didn’t know what was going on.”
Funk found out what went down after she chatted with people gathered around the police tape.
She was appalled. “It’s disgusting to think that someone would end someone’s life over a hat,” she said.
A rep from the Philly DA’s Office shared with CBS News Philadelphia that they think Tunnell will face charges for murder and serious assault. Philly cops are on the case.
Macy’s told CBS News Philadelphia, “We are heartbroken about the incident that took place today at Macy’s Center City. The store will temporarily remain closed as we work with law enforcement on this investigation and defer any further comments about the case to them. Ensuring the safety and well-being of our customers and colleagues is always our top priority.”‘
The police mentioned that the Center City Macy’s reported over 250 thefts this year. After today’s incident, the store didn’t open again for the day. No word yet on when they’ll be back up and running.