The teens were playing basketball at the time and spotted Stuhlman walking his dog. They considered him to be “weak” and approached him. A struggle took place briefly before the 51-year-old was shot in the chest.
“At one point he did plead for his life,” Philadelphia Homicide Captain James Clark told WCAU. “He said, ‘Please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me,’ and they still shot him one time.”
“Die Cracker!” screamed the teen as he unloaded his gun.
After the shooting, the teens reportedly panicked and left Stuhlman alone without taking anything from him.
“Nothing,” Clark said. “Nothing was taken, which makes this even more senseless and even more troubling. Nothing was taken at all, and he lost his life.”
“These teens knew what they were doing and should be tried as adults. They have no value for life. The man that was killed seemed like a nice guy. I feel sorry for their family that they have to suffer such a loss,” one America 1st reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“When we call for the death penalty, for convicted murderers, we rob the defense attorneys and parole boards of much needed pay checks, and that is the reason capital punishment is fought so vigorously,” another wrote.
“If the victim was allowed to carry a concealed pistol, the story would have ended quite differently! There would have been one dead and the others running for mama, and the victims daughter would have been able to see her father again! I walk for an hour and I’m in my seventies, I may seem vulnerable, BUT I am aware of my surroundings at all times and I’m licensed and trained by the range and the military, to carry a concealed equalizer, for just such occasions! What a tragedy.”