A quick update to our previous story on the murder of a bartender at a popular Northeast Philly pub: The Daily News reports tips have been coming in regarding the location of the accused killer, John McLaughlin, the owner of another Northeast Philly bar.
Both men were well-known in Port Richmond. O’Neill, a native of Ireland, bartended at My Blue Heaven, where he finished a shift the night of Jan. 2 before going to McWhitey’s, where his body was later found.
Reports abound that O’Neill had hit the numbers in an illegal lottery, winning thousands, but police said if that was true, they do not believe it had anything to do with the murder.
McClane said it appeared the two had an argument over a trivial matter, but he would not elaborate.
Chief of Detectives Keith Sadler said authorities were pushing hard to find the suspect and that he would be caught. “We’re following up on a lot of leads,” Sadler said. “I don’t see where this guy can run.”
Police weigh tips in killing of bartender [Daily News]