Man accused of shooting father about 25 times ordered to stand trial on first-degree murder charges

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A 25-year-old New Jersey native will stand trial on charges, including first-degree murder, in the shooting death of his father in Norristown last fall.

When police responded to a call for a man with a gun in Norristown on Oct. 24, they say Steven Quadrel told them to check on his father because, he said, “I think I shot him.”

When they checked Quadrel’s apartment about six hours later, they found his father, Mark Quadrel, shot about 25 times.

Prosecutor Kelly Lloyd says testimony from a Norristown detective at Quadrel’s preliminary hearing shows the shooting was premeditated.

“There was an argument, he didn’t remember what it was about. He went out to his vehicle, retrieved his gun which was unloaded, loaded it up then shot his father,” Lloyd said. 

An obituary for his father describes him as a well-respected physician. Exactly what sparked the argument remains unknown.

That detective also testified a 12-year-old, who was riding his scooter that day, told him a man who matched Quadrel’s description ran past him and his friends, then ran back, pointed a laser sighted handgun at the boy’s forehead, then lowered the gun and fired.

The boy suffered a graze wound to his arm.

The detective says Quadrel told him he fired at the boy because the boy creeped him out.

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