Philadelphia police hunt "extremely dangerous" gunman

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Posted: May 20, 2011 9:18 AM
Philadelphia police hunt "extremely dangerous" gunman

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Philadelphia authorities said on Thursday that they have identified a suspect in the fatal shooting of a college student in an argument over a motorcycle and issued a warrant for his arrest.

Jeffrey Little, 20, is "armed and extremely dangerous" and suspected of gunning down the Pennsylvania State University student 10 days ago on a North Philadelphia street, police said.

Mohan Varughese, 23, died from gunshot wounds to his head and chest after a gunman demanded the keys to his motorcycle on a street in North Philadelphia, they said.

Police said Varughese thought the gunman was joking and asked if he was serious.

The gunman opened fire and fled, they said.

Varughese was visiting his girlfriend and sitting on the front step of a building with several people when the gunman approached.

His family said Varughese was a psychology major at Penn State's Abington campus who planned to graduate last Friday. Instead, his funeral was held on Saturday.

A relative who did not want to be identified told Reuters the victim had planned on becoming a child psychologist.

The relative said Varughese was very proud of his motorcycle, which he saved up for by working as a parking attendant and bought seven months ago.

The suspect lives in the same neighborhood, about two blocks away, police said.

Police said the suspect has a long criminal record but declined to provide details.

"He is known to police," said Philadelphia Police Homicide Captain James Clark.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Jerry Norton)