Man accused of shooting father to death back from Massachusetts and charged

BUSTLETON — The man arrested in Massachusetts for shooting his father in Philadelphia has been extradited and is charged with murder.

Philadelphia police had been looking for Sohan Panjrolia, 31, after reporting he

“went upstairs and retrieved an assault rifle and went into a first floor bathroom, discharging the weapon once. The son exited the bathroom and then pointed the gun in the direction of his parents. He fired multiple shots at his father, striking him in the head.”

That was back on the evening of Saturday, Aug. 3, at his parents’ home on the 1900 block of Conwell Avenue in Bustleton.

Police had reported officers found Mahendra B. Panjrolia, 60,

“in the living room area suffering from a significant gunshot wound to the head.”

Now, they report the victim was 64 and

“suffered gunshot wounds to his torso.”

Sohan Panjrolia — who police added suffers from schizophrenia, and may have been using narcotics — left with the assault rifle in his 1999 gray Toyota Camry. The car was found several blocks away.

Sohan Panjrolia: Before Cambridge arrest, from Philadelphia police

The suspect was arrested three days later in Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Mass.

Harvard had to make an alert through its emergency notification system warning people in the area to seek shelter because of a “potentially armed assailant.”

Cambridge police tweeted about the search and included a photo of Sohan Panjrolia.

There were evacuations, and officers chased him inside a building with several restaurants and stores, where they tackled him and dragged him outside, where they arrested him.

The Harvard Crimson had reported,

“Panjrolia is a former Harvard Extension School student, who graduated in 2013.”

CHARGED: Sohan Panjrolia, from Philadelphia Police Department

Back in Philadelphia, Sohan Panjrolia is charged with murder, attempted murder, possessing an instrument of crime, and a prohibited offensive weapon.

Police have not mentioned a possible motive for the killing.

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