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Mark Ellis, 23
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
November 03, 2013

Agencies: Unspecified

Last updated: 5 months ago

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For the second time in the past two years, a person in Philadelphia has been shot as a result of an argument over parking. This time, a 23-year-old father is dead after a dispute over double-parking ended in gunfire.

According to police and witness accounts, the tragic altercation began when 23-year-old Mark Ellis, a worker at Temple University’s hospital, was dropping off his fiancee, Syreeta Manire on Dewey Street in West Philadelphia, but he had trouble maneuvering around a car that was double-parked in front of him.

That car was driven by a 25-year-old armed security guard who was in the neighborhood to pick up his sister, shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday morning.

When the security guard, whose name is currently being withheld by police, returned to his vehicle, he saw Ellis’s car pulled up directly behind his.