Philadelphia, PA – A manhunt is underway for a community crisis intervention program advocate accused of wounding three people during a shooting inside a Philadelphia bar late last month.
Antonio Jardine, who also goes by the alias of Mark Cooper, was on-shift working for the Philadelphia Anti-Drug/Anti-Violence Network (PADAVN) when he allegedly opened fire inside a bar in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood on April 30, Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker told KYW.
According to the PADAVN’s Facebook page, the organization has been hailed as “the city’s leading non-profit agency dedicated to addressing the issues of drug abuse and violence in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods.”
“We work to transform our youth through drug intervention, counseling, education, job readiness, community service, and various empowerment programs,” the anti-violence program’s page reads.
Jardine, who has an extensive criminal history, was working for the organization as a community crisis intervention program advocate at the time of the shooting, KYW reported.
Police said Jardine, 51, was on shift when he showed up at the bar on April 30 driving one of the PADAVN’s vans.
Jardine was inside the bar when a fight broke out between him and another individual, according to police.
Capt. Walker said Jardine opened fire inside the establishment during the altercation, then fled the scene in his work-issued van, KYW reported.
“We believe, again, this is a domestic argument between two individuals and the person he’s arguing with pulls out a gun,” the captain told KYW. “He then pulls out his gun and the two shoot it out and obviously, Mr. Jardine flees the scene. He’s currently a fugitive.”
Jardine took the van back to the PADAV and remains on the loose, according to police.
ONLY ON 3: Antonio Jardine, 51, from South Phila., was working for the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network, literally on the clock, when police say he opened fire in a bar. The director of the agency says he was then terminated. Exclusive story at 5/6 on @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/ZXiJrKjGnK
— Joe Holden (@JoeHoldenCBS3) May 9, 2022
PADAV Executive Director George Mosee said three people were wounded in the attack, KYW reported.
Details regarding the shooting victims’ conditions were not available.
Mosee confirmed he fired Jardine immediately after he learned about the shooting.
“I was informed that an employee of the Philadelphia Anti-Drug Anti-Violence Network was involved in a shooting that resulted in three people being wounded,” he told KYW. “It’s completely repugnant to everything that we stand for.”
An arrest warrant for aggravated assault has been issued for the fugitive.
“We are imploring this former employee to turn himself in. We want to make sure that he does things from this point forward the right way,” Mosee told KYW.