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Published on May 29, 2024
Police in Philadelphia Search for Armed Suspect Accused of Attempted Homicide at Ardmore American Legion PostSource: Highway Patrol Images, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Chaos erupted at the Spencer Reid American Legion Post on Simpson Road in Ardmore around 6:50 p.m. on Memorial Day, when a 26-year-old man was shot. Police have named Andrew McCutchen, 35, of Philadelphia, as the suspect in what they are calling an attempted homicide, and they are now on the hunt for the man described as armed and dangerous.

According to the details provided by NBC Philadelphia, McCutchen sports a full black beard, medium-length hair in short braids or twists, and has a distinctive teardrop tattoo under his right eye. He was last seen wearing a black soft-brimmed hat, white t-shirt, black athletic shorts, white socks, and white sneakers.

The incident has left residents shaken. One nearby resident recounted to FOX 29 the events of that evening, "I just heard a couple gunshots rang out back here," he said, "I got up out of my bed to take a look out my window and I saw people running through the alleyway with guns and all that."

Neighbors have expressed their concerns over the safety in the area, one remarking to Action News, "It's pretty much chaos every other night." With the recent shooting only escalating tensions, another added, "We heard a bunch of sirens go by and it was kind, of constant for about 10 minutes maybe," noted Kelly Magri from Ardmore.

The suspect, Andrew McCutchen is still at large. Police are urging anyone with information to come forward, as the investigation continues. Meanwhile, the community grapples with the violence that disturbed a day intended to honor the fallen and questions the nature of a place meant to be a safe harbor for those who've served.