Philadelphia man wanted for allegedly killing ex-girlfriend at Upper Merion Township gas station – CBS Philly
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (CBS) — A Philadelphia man is wanted for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend Friday night while pumping gasoline in Upper Merion Township, officials said Saturday. Rafiq Thompson, 38, has been charged with first degree murder, non-possession of a firearm and other related offenses in the murder of Tamara Cornelius, 31.
Officials say the shooting took place around 10:30 p.m. Friday at the Exxon station at 113 North Gulph Road. Police arrived at the scene after shots were reportedly fired.
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Police said they found Cornelius lying in the parking lot of the gas station, suffering multiple gunshot wounds. She was taken to Paoli Hospital and pronounced dead at 11:09 p.m., officials said. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Officials say they found four 9mm cartridge cases at the scene. They also found a takeout bag from The Cheesecake Factory in the front seat of Cornelius’ car.
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Investigators say Cornelius and Thompson had a previous relationship and met to talk briefly just after 9 p.m. before she went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.
Officials say when Cornelius left The Cheesecake Factory, she was followed by Thompson to the gas station. As Cornelius pumped his gas, police say Thompson got out of his car, spoke to him, and then shot him. Investigators say he continued to shoot Cornelius as she tried to flee.
According to police, Thompson is considered armed and dangerous. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs around 167 pounds, officials said.
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For advice on Thompson’s whereabouts, the public is asked to call Upper Merion Township Police at 610-265-3232 or the Montgomery County Detectives Hotline at 610-278-DOIT ( 3638).