Police ID man fatally shot at Harrisburg gas station

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot at a city gas station early Thursday.

Police said Christopher J. Williams was shot in the chest at the Exxon station at 15th and State streets around 2:15 a.m. and died at Harrisburg Hospital.

He was shot outside of the station after going inside to pay.

Christopher J. Williams

Friends said Williams had a 2-year-old daughter and called him a wonderful father, son, brother and friend.

“I love him. I’m going to miss him so much,” his friend Jessica Holman said. “Everybody’s going to miss him. Everybody is. I know they will.”

Police said the shooting may have stemmed from an argument between Williams and the shooter. It’s unclear how many shots were fired.

“When I saw the car at the gas station I knew it was him. I just knew it,” Holman said. “He wasn’t about trouble or drama, so I don’t even know where this is coming from.”

Police said Williams was at the gas station alone. Friends have placed a makeshift memorial at the site.

“They just need to put these guns down, you know, talk it out. It’s just senseless. It’s not worth it,” Holman said. “God put us here to be brothers and sisters, not out here to kill each other.”

Police are reviewing surveillance video as they look for a suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call 717-255-3139 or 717-255-33130.

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