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February 22, 2021

Delco teen accused of deadly shooting at Montgomery County bowling alley surrenders

Jamel Barnwell allegedly opened fire on five people after physical altercation, killing Frank Wade

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East Norriton bowling alley shooting Thom Carroll/For PhillyVoice

One person was killed and four others were wounded in a shooting that occurred at Our Town Alley in East Norriton on Saturday.

A Delaware County teenager wanted for allegedly carrying out a deadly shooting at an East Norriton bowling alley Saturday is now in police custody.

Jamel Barnwell, 17, of Upper Darby, turned himself in Sunday night after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest, according to 6ABC.

Barnwell has been charged with first-degree murder, third-degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, possessing an instrument of crime and related offenses. 

East Norriton Police responded to a shooting at Our Town Alley on the 2900 block of Swede Street at around 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

Frank Wade, 29, of Philadelphia, was killed during the shooting. Four others — Yahnirr Brooks, 21, Shamir Jones, 31, Robert Oliver, 26, and Ahmir Simmons, 19 — were injured. All five shooting victims were related and at the bowling alley together.

Police found Wade lying in the bowling alley's entrance. He was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined his cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. 

The other victims were transported to local hospitals. 

The East Norriton Police Department and the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office opened a joint homicide investigation.

Through video footage and witness interviews, investigators determined that Barnwell and two other men entered the bowling alley moments before gunshots were fired.

After a physical altercation broke out between the five victims and the three suspects, Barnwell pulled a handgun and opened fire, investigators said. Police recovered 15 casings.

The three suspects allegedly fled the bowling alley after the shooting, but left behind three cell phones. One of them belonged to Barnwell.

"This shooting that left one man dead and another four injured is another act of violence by someone who is not allowed to own or possess a gun,” Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.


Posted by Montgomery County District Attorney's Office on Sunday, February 21, 2021

Our Town Alley issued a statement on social media Sunday night, saying that management and staff "are devastated by the violence that occurred at our establishment."

"Our prayers are with the victims, their families, and our entire community, which has been rattled by this unusual incident."

Our Town Alley management and staff are devastated by the violence that occurred at our establishment Saturday evening,...

Posted by Facenda Whitaker Lanes on Sunday, February 21, 2021

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