NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) – A Thanksgiving dinner turned tragic at a Norristown home. Police said a man was shot dead by a stray bullet that pierced a window.
Police said the man killed had nothing to do with the shooting. They say Edilberto Miguel Palaez Moctezuma ate Thanksgiving dinner with his family.
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“A sad scene, man. It was a sad, very bad scene, ”said William Holmes, a Norristown resident.
A stray bullet hit and killed a 25-year-old man having Thanksgiving dinner with his family in Norristown, in the 1100 block of Arch Street.
“Sitting there, you know, with your family on Thanksgiving and you would never expect something like that,” Holmes said.
The family told police that a bullet went through the window and hit Palaez Moctezuma at the table.
Locals say they heard the rapid and loud gunshots.
Others say they saw a family member waving to paramedics for help.
“She was crying and saying, ‘He’s here, he’s here. Please help me. And I see paramedics rushing in there, ”Holmes said.
Police say they are looking for the man, Kevon Clarke, 19, who they say is armed and dangerous.
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Police said the shooting was the result of a dispute that arose at a Thanksgiving dinner in the 100 block of Haws Avenue earlier Thursday.
At the party, Clarke and his girlfriend, Jacqueline Brown, and two other people were asked to leave, police said. After their release, the people of the house discovered that he lacked alcohol.
Brown was then informed of the theft by his cousin, who was at the party, and arrangements were made to return the stolen alcohol.
As the cousin was parked and waiting for Clarke to go out with the booze at his home on Basin Street, he brandished a gun, causing her to quickly drive off. She heard several gunshots as she walked away, police said.
Investigators later found seven projectiles in the Basin and Arch Street area, including a live bullet. Based on their investigation, they determined that the bullet that killed Palaez Moctezuma came from Clarke’s shooting location using two different surveillance videos and a bullet hole scan in the window. Two other male suspects were seen in the video, police said.
“Sir. Palaez Moctezuma was murdered while eating Thanksgiving dinner inside his house, and to be clear, he and his family were not involved in the dispute between Clarke and others,” said District Attorney Kevin R. Steele. “This is the second innocent bystander killed this year by a senseless argument that turned into gun violence by someone who is not even legally able to possess gun. We hold accountable those involved in this type of violence here in Montgomery County. We will find this shooter and the others involved in this murder and seek justice for the murder of an innocent man, who did not was not safe even within the confines of his own home.
” It does not mean anything. You have kids playing and everything and it’s out of control and something has to be done, ”one woman said.
“It was terrifying. I’m sorry for this family, ”said Holmes.
Clarke is wanted on first degree murder and other charges. Anyone who sees him is asked to call the police.
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Kerri Corrado of CBS3 contributed to this report.