Norristown man in police custody, accused of killing innocent bystander

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 19-year-old from Norristown, who police say killed an innocent bystander during a shooting in October, is in custody after U.S. Marshals tracked him down in Philadelphia.

Police say, on Friday, Oct. 7, around 2 p.m., Damien Wilson was targeting another man near the Jefferson Court Apartments on Arch Street in what investigators believe was attempted retaliation for a shooting in July.

As Wilson opened fire on that man, the man fired at least one shot in return. Those two ran off, but 47-year-old Anthony Vitelli was hit by gunfire and died.

Investigators say Vitelli grabbed his chest and fell to the ground before the other man shot back, which means he was hit by one of the eight shots fired by Wilson.

Vitelli had two children, including a young daughter. The Montgomery County district attorney's office says he was just walking through the parking lot when the gunfire started.

Wilson is charged with first- and third-degree murder. He was on the run, but he was taken into custody at a home in West Philadelphia without incident.

District Attorney Kevin Steele says his office is working to try to “make our communities safer from these senseless killings by young men with guns.”

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