A store manager at a Firestone Tire & Service Center in Bensalem remains in critical condition after an employee allegedly shot him in the chest after a business-related argument, authorities said.
Police said officers responded to a call at the tire shop Dec. 12 and found manager Joseph Phillips lying unconscious on the ground with two apparent gunshot wounds to the chest. Witnesses said employee Ken Kim, 30, had shot the manager and fled the store, according to authorities. Police pursued the suspect's car, and his vehicle made contact with a police vehicle, causing an accident. Mr. Kim was taken to the hospital with two broken legs.
Mr. Phillips underwent emergency surgery although he was still listed in critical condition as of Dec. 30. Mr. Kim was released from the hospital and arraigned Dec. 15. He remains in jail on an $8 million cash bond and faces several charges, including attempted murder and eluding police.
The Bucks County district attorney's office gave the following sequence of events in its criminal complaint:
Mr. Kim drove a vehicle out of a work bay at the Firestone shop without securing the lug nuts properly. Mr. Phillips told Mr. Kim to pack up his things and leave for the day. Another employee reported Mr. Kim walked out to his truck, started it, then walked back toward the bay area. The second employee told Mr. Kim to relax, but he reportedly said, ``Don't worry, it won't happen again.'' Mr. Kim then allegedly walked up to Mr. Phillips and fired several rounds into his chest.
Mr. Kim then went into the office area where an employee picked up the phone to call 911. The suspect pointed his gun at the employee and said, ``No.'' Mr. Kim then made a phone call and left the building.
After the accident following the police chase, officers found a gun in Mr. Kim's pocket.