Who was Richard Butler Philadelphia? 88-Year-Old Air Force Vet Shot and Killed

Richard Butler, 88 years old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was shot dead whilst in his SUV in West Philly.

Richard Butler was inside a white Hyundai Santa Fe on the 100 block of North Dewey Street in Philadelphia at 1:35 p.m. when shots were fired.

Butler was shot twice in the chest and tried to drive away until his vehicle came to rest on a sidewalk.

Witnesses tried to use a tire iron to break into the vehicle and get Butler out shortly after the shooting.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:56 p.m.

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“This is so sad, that something like this could happen. And we were just sitting eating dinner together last night, having a ball and talking,” the victim’s son, Orlando Butler, said.

NBC10 reports a car had been sitting near the intersection of Arch and Dewey streets for a while, seemingly stalking Butler.

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Once Butler’s SUV came into the area, they say the gunman got out, ran up on the SUV and fired at least two shots.

Family members told NBC10 Butler was an Air Force veteran and retired SEPTA bus driver.

“You know my father never bothered nobody,” Orlando said.

“He’s just a retired military vet. He’s been an outstanding citizen in the community. Took care of all the kids from the block. For this to happen to my father, this is truly a sad situation.”

His family says during his younger days he was known for taking kids in the neighborhood to Atlantic City and Wildwood, showing them life outside of Philadelphia.

“Why do you think anyone would ever target this man who is being described as? If you get that answer to that question, you guys let us know. Cause that’s what we want to know, why? What is the why?

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“This man did nothing to anyone and he gave to everyone,” Butler’s great niece, Minette Finn, lamented.

No weapons have been recovered and police have not released information on any suspects or a possible motive.

Source: Nigeriabombshell.com

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