Salvation Army Major Shot in Front of 3 Children

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police say the Salvation Army worker who was shot and killed outside the charity's community center in North Little Rock, Arkansas, had gone there with his young children to pick up his wife. She was also a Salvation Army major.

Instead, he was accosted by two men outside. And with the three children looking on, one of the men demanded money and then shot and killed Philip Wise.

Police say the two men fled on foot into a nearby housing development.

They don't know whether Wise, who was active in the community, knew them.

A Salvation Army commander says the Wises had just adopted their children -- ages 4,6 and 8 -- last year. The three were siblings who had come from an abusive family.

He says Wise had worked for three years in a low-income area that was plagued by gangs and drugs. He ran youth programs, a food pantry and church services.

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