Arrest made after man, 56, shot to death inside Frankford business

Philadelphia police say a man was killed after shots rang out inside a business in the city's Frankford section Wednesday morning.

The victim,  56-year-old Carlos Merced of Feasterville, Pennsylvania, was found shot multiple times, including in the chest and stomach, on the 4300 block of Josephine Street inside Belfi Brothers around 8:20 a.m.

Police say a long-time employee of the store made a "bad cut" on a piece of tile and was sent home by his foreman. 

Sources tell FOX 29 that the employee did return to his home on the 1800 block of Willard Street, just a few miles away from the shop. Police say he returned with a handgun and shot the foreman who told him to leave.

The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.


Police say they later arrested 53-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who admitted to the killing.

A local woman, who chose not to be identified, told FOX 29's Jeff Cole that she is the daughter of Rodriguez. She said she has never known her father to be violent, she didn't even know he owned a gun.

Back at Rodriguez's home on Willard Street, investigators searched for a 9-millimeter pistol that they believe was used in the shooting, but authorities say no weapons were recovered.

According to police, Rodriguez faces murder and related charges.