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December 22, 2015

Police: Man accused of opening fire in garage after Eagles game faces murder charge

A man who allegedly opened fire in a garage following the Eagles loss Sunday night is facing a murder charge, NBC10 reports.

Police say 51-year-old Bartholomew Nelson opened fire at a house on Gilbert Street near Mount Airy Avenue in Cedarbrook just after midnight, killing one man and injuring two others.

Leotis Martin, 51, lived at the house. He was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene, officials say.

52-year-old man sustained a graze wound to his head and shooting wounds to his torso and leg, police say. According to authorities, a 58-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound to his leg.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small told NBC10 that the men, who had been watching the game together, got into an argument that sparked the shooting. The Eagles lost 40-17 to the Cardinals.

"After the football game, at some time around midnight, for some reason, a 51-year-old man pulled out a gun and started firing shots at the three people he was with watching the football game that were sitting on the couch," Small told NBC10.

Police say Nelson was later taken into custody about five blocks away on Phil Ellena Street. 

Nelson, who was arraigned Monday and held without bail, is set to appear for a preliminary hearing Jan. 6. He is also charged with aggravated assault, illegal gun possession and related offenses.

Read more from NBC10 here.