Image: Kmart Shooting
Joseph Kaczmarek  /  AP
Police investigate the crime scene inside a loading dock area of a Kmart store Tuesday in Philadelphia, where a gunman shot a store employee.
updated 12/3/2008 10:35:01 AM ET 2008-12-03T15:35:01

A Philadelphia man suspected in the shooting of a Kmart manager on a store loading dock committed suicide, police said.

A gunshot went off in a second-floor bedroom as officers entered Daryl Anthony Birch's home at about 7:45 a.m. Wednesday, a Philadelphia police spokeswoman said. The spokeswoman said 30-year-old Birch shot himself in the head.

Officers had been searching for Birch since Tuesday morning's shooting.

Police said Birch shot a 35-year-old Kmart manager three times. Investigators said the gunman was arguing with his girlfriend, a Kmart employee, and opened fire, striking the manager as he intervened.

The manager was reported in critical condition at a hospital and was expected to survive.

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