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Update: Cab driver shot, killed in Harrisburg; suspect in custody

Police said that they believe Kenneth Cobb, 59, was shot in a targeted incident. A suspect, 21-year-old Hezekiah Campbell of Harrisburg, is in custody, police say.

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Update, 11:45 a.m. (March 31): Harrisburg Police have charged a suspect in the shooting death of cab driver Kenneth Cobb Sunday night.

Hezekiah Floyd Campbell, 21, of the 1200 block of Derry Street, is charged with criminal homicide and carrying a firearm without a license in connection to Cobb's death, according to a criminal complaint affidavit filed by investigators.

Police say Campbell shot and killed Cobb as he was sitting in his cab near the Amtrak station on Grace Street. Surveillance video provided by Amtrak Police shows a suspect matching Campbell's description walking up to the cab and firing several shots through the driver's side door before fleeing to the Mulberry Street Bridge.

Investigators recovered several spent shell casings from the crime scene, according to the complaint.

Police used other surveillance videos to track Campbell's footpath to a home on the 1200 block of Derry Street, where they obtained and executed a search warrant.

Investigators recovered clothing that appears to be what the suspect was wearing in the surveillance videos, along with earbuds matching those seen on the suspect, a Smith & Wesson 9mm firearm with one loaded magazine and one unloaded magazine, loose 9mm ammunition that appears to match the spent shell casings found at the scene, and a notebook with an entry dated March 29 -- where Campbell had written that he'd shot and killed someone, according to the complaint.

Campbell allegedly admitted to writing the confession in his journal during an interview with police, and told investigators the suspect shown in surveillance images "looks like me."


A taxi cab driver was shot and killed in Harrisburg, police confirmed at a press conference on Monday.

Kenneth Cobb, 59, was shot and killed in the incident.

On March 27 around 9:26 p.m., police say Cobb was shot and killed at the Amtrak station in Harrisburg near 4th and Chestnut Streets.

Cobb worked for Good Cab taxi service and was in his car when he died.

“This appears to have been a targeted incident and I can assure you it’s a very active and ongoing investigation at this time. We have detectives out in the field as we speak working some leads,” said Harrisburg Police Capt. Terry Weland.

According to Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter, this is the eighth homicide of the year so far in Harrisburg.

Long-time Harrisburg resident and community barber Anthony Pierce-Rodriguez said he knew Cobb.

“In my eyes he was a good guy, on how me and him interacted with each other,” he said. “I know he was a hardworking man and he tried to do his best to feed his family and himself, to keep a roof over his head and make sure his kids were taken care of, and his loved ones.”

Below is video from the scene:

Police said the man shot Saturday was in stable condition but was not cooperating with police.

Commissioner Carter said police have some leads on the case, but are also asking the community to help prevent gun violence.

“I encourage people to go in their kids’ rooms, toss their rooms, do any and everything you know that they can do to make sure that they don’t have a family member that’s caught up in carrying guns and shooting guns and joining gangs,” Carter said.

Police have been working overtime to solve criminal cases, officials said, but their efforts have been hampered by a lack of staff. The department currently has 137 police officers and is hoping to recruit 20 more officer candidates by the end of their current recruitment period on April 4.

This is a developing story. FOX43 will provide updates as they become available.

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