PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) – Philadelphia police are investigating a murder that authorities believe could have been linked to a brutal beating of a store in a corner on Sunday night.

Police say a 26-year-old man was found shot dead at 5,900 blocks of Norwood Street around 6 p.m. in the Ogont borough.

Authorities say the unidentified victim was shot at least seven times.

“We know this man was clearly the intended target, and the shooter or shooters shot at him literally inches from his body and continued to shoot until he was downstairs,” said Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace. “It was a brutal murder and it was announced shortly after arriving at the hospital.”

Police believe the victim of the murder and another suspect, who was later arrested, brutally beat and robbed two men earlier in the evening at a store located in the 2000 quarter of Church Lane.

“It happened shortly before the murder, so we are now studying the connection between the robbery committed by this victim,” Pace said.

Police say one robbery victim was hospitalized with serious injuries. The second victim was also severely beaten, but police say they are looking for him at the time.

According to Pace, officers arrested another suspect in the beating of the store when he reportedly returned to the crime scene on Church Lane.

There was no immediate information about his identity or the charges against him.

Officers are still searching for the gunman who killed a 26-year-old man on North Norwood Street.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 215-686-TIPS.

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