A Philadelphia man taken into custody on a firearms offense following the April shooting death of Jamil Mallory outside a bar has now been charged with his murder.
Bruce Brown, 53, of the 5700 block of West Jefferson St., is charged with criminal homicide, first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime and related weapons offenses, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by East Lansdowne Detective Sgt. James B. Cadden.
Police responded to Jerry’s Bar on the 700 block of East Baltimore Avenue about 8:08 p.m. April 8 for a report of a shooting and found Mallory on the sidewalk suffering from numerous gunshot wounds, according to the affidavit. Paramedics transported him to Penn Presbyterian Hospital for treatment, but he succumbed to his injuries April 13.
Investigators were able to obtain security camera footage from the bar and surrounding businesses, according to the affidavit, including video that allegedly showed Brown shooting Mallory.
The video showed Brown parking a custom Ford F-150 across the street from the bar at about 8 p.m., according to the affidavit. The truck bears white lettering that reads, “Car Care Auto Repair” on both sides and bed walls, the affidavit says, and Brown was wearing a blue jacket and pants, a beanie and distinctive eyeglasses.
Brown approached the victim and a verbal argument broke out, according to the affidavit. Brown then allegedly produced a handgun and shot Mallory once in the abdomen. As the victim lay face up on the ground with his hands up, Brown stood over him and fired two more shots into his torso, according to the affidavit.
Police spoke with two witnesses who put Brown at the bar that night. The first said the argument was about an unpaid car repair bill and that the witness attempted to defuse the situation by paying some of the amount owed, according to the affidavit. The second witness said they also saw a verbal confrontation inside the bar between Mallory and Brown and advised Brown to avoid any trouble, the affidavit says. The second witness also identified Brown from a photo array, and said they had reviewed surveillance video from that night and identified Brown as the shooter from that footage.
Cadden says he saw Brown at his place of business, Car Care Auto Repair at 7504 E. Marshall Road, at about 11:12 a.m. April 12. Brown was allegedly wearing the same clothing from the April 8 video and the truck from the video was parked on the lot.
When Cadden approached Brown on foot, the affidavit says the defendant ran into the business and locked himself inside, refusing to speak or answer the door. The Upper Darby SWAT Team obtained a search warrant later that day and gained entry into the building, according to the affidavit.
Brown could not initially be found, but was discovered barricaded inside of a utility closet with a .44 caliber revolver and several ammunition magazines for other pistols, the affidavit says. Brown is prohibited from owning a firearm due to a 1991 conviction from robbery and conspiracy to robbery, according to the affidavit.
Brown is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Harry J. Karapalides Aug. 23 on the firearms charge. No dates have been set for the murder case.