The intense NFC East rivalry between the Eagles and Giants allegedly led to a deadly shooting at Pat’s King of Steaks in Philadelphia last week. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pat’s GM Tom Francano said the shooting stemmed from an argument about the Eagles and Giants.
“They were arguing and it turned into a fight,” Francano told The Inquirer. “One guy grabbed the other guy and got him in a grip, and the other guy pulled out a gun and shot him in the torso. It was one shot. The cops came right away.”
Days later, a spokesperson for the District Attorney’s Office said witnesses told investigators the fight was over a parking space.”
Whatever the case may be, a man lost his life and footage has since been obtained showing the moments leading up to it. The July 22 footage obtained by NJ.com shows what led up to the fatal shooting of David Padro Jr. by Paul Burkert.
The footage shows Padro charging into Burkert before they exchange punches as witnesses look on. Padro gets Burkert into a headlock at one point before the two men go off-camera. A single gunshot is then heard, striking Padro in the lower back.
Burkert has been charged with murder, reckless endangering, weapons offenses and other counts in Padro’s death. His lawyer also acknowledged Burkert was carrying a gun without a permit and “only ran from Pat’s because a crowd was gathering” at the well-known cheesesteak joint.
Padro’s father, David Padro Sr., dismissed accusations that his son of instigated the fight.
“[Peruto] is making it seem more that my son was the aggressor and David was nothing like that,” Padro Sr. told NJ.com. “The guy was illegally carrying a firearm and that wasn’t acceptable. That was a regular wrestling fight. The guy was being a coward … We need justice.”