‘STONE COLD HIT’

MAN DIES IN HAIL OF BUL­LETS; AM­BUSHED AS HE GOT IN CAR

Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By the Times Staff

A 2018 Bent­ley sits in Up­per Darby po­lice garage. A man was get­ting into the ve­hi­cle early Fri­day morn­ing when he was fa­tally shot in an am­bush at­tack.

UP­PER DARBY » A gun­man who ap­par­ently was ly­ing in wait emerged from a dark al­ley and opened fire on a Philadel­phia man get­ting into his car early Fri­day, killing the man in a hail of 14 bul­lets.

Calling the shoot­ing of Eric Lawson a “stone cold hit,” Up­per Darby Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chit­wood said at a Fri­day after­noon press con­fer­ence, “To fire 14 shots at some­body at point-blank range, they wanted him dead ... There’s no doubt in any­body’s mind it was a hit ... what led up to the hit, I don’t know.”

Lawson, who turned 43 on July 8, was pro­nounced dead at the scene in the unit block of Lud­low Street, de­spite valiant at­tempts by po­lice of­fi­cers and paramedics to save him.

Ac­cord­ing to Chit­wood, Lawson, of the 5300 block of Wal­nut Street, had been out cel­e­brat­ing his birth­day at the SA Cafe on Gar­rett Road prior to the shoot­ing.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have ob­tained a series of videos, which Chit­wood played at the press con­fer­ence.

One seg­ment shows Lawson leav­ing the es­tab­lish­ment at 48 Gar­rett Road, and walk­ing with two uniden­ti­fied women. An­other seg­ment fol­lows them on Co­p­ley Road. Ad­di­tional seg­ment shows the vic­tim alone on Lud­low, where he had parked his ve­hi­cle, a 2012 Bent­ley, in front of a branch of Wells Fargo Bank. The video show the gun­man emerg­ing from the dark al­ley­way, cross­ing the street and fir­ing on the vic­tim.

Ac­cord­ing to Chit­wood, po­lice had re­sponded to a call in the unit block of Gar­rett Road for a report of “a man wav­ing a gun.” The in­ci­dent ap­peared to in­volved groups of women argument. Of­fi­cers were still on the scene when they heard mul­ti­ple shots com­ing from the area around the cor­ner.

“Po­lice tried to re­vive him,” Chit­wood said of Lawson, not­ing their at­tempts were un­suc­cess­ful.

Lawson had been in his car, got out and was start­ing to get back in when the gun­fire erupted.

“Four­teen shots were fired,” Chit­wood said.

Mor­tally wounded, Lawson fell back onto the front pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle.

“This is not a rob­bery,” Chit­wood said, not­ing that Lawson was in pos­ses­sion of in ex­cess of $3,200.

“We are look­ing for help,” Chit­wood said. “Some­body has to have seen some­thing.”

In ad­di­tion to the ve­hi­cle, po­lice con­fis­cated two of the vic­tim’s cell phones as ev­i­dence.

The only de­scrip­tion of the gun­man is a black man wear­ing dark cloth­ing and white sneak­ers.

Calling Lawson’s crim­i­nal history “in­ter­est­ing,” Chit­wood said he was ar­rested in Philadel­phia for at­tempted mur­der and re­lated of­fenses in 2008. Lawson even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault in that case and was sen­tenced to serve 18 months to 10 years be­hind bars. Chit­wood said he was re­leased from prison in 2013.

Lawson’s death marks the fourth homi­cide in Up­per Darby this year, one of which was ruled jus­ti­fi­able. Any­one with in­forma- tion is asked to con­tact town­ship po­lice at 610734-7678.

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A 2018 Bent­ley sits in Up­per Darby po­lice garage. A man was get­ting into the ve­hi­cle early Fri­day morn­ing when he was fa­tally shot in an am­bush at­tack.

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