Deranged Devon man charged for fatally shooting woman at Wawa with rifle

Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.
Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.

District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland and Superintendent Christopher Flanagan of Radnor Township Police Department announced the arrest of Brian T. Kennedy, 34, of the 300 block of Sugartown Road in Devon, who shot a woman on the evening of Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.
Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.

We broke the story… Kennedy stormed into Wawa just before 8:30 p.m. Thursday night with an assault rifle, shooting his ex-wife dead before fleeing towards George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

The monster is charged with criminal homicide, murder of the first degree, murder of third degree, possessing instruments of crime, all felonies of the first degree, and several counts of recklessly endangering another person.

The investigation was conducted by Detective Thomas Schreiber of the Radnor Township Police Department with assistance from Detective Mike Jay of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office Criminal Investigation Division.

1. Radnor Township Police Department responded to Wawa shortly before 8:30 p.m. Thursday night and found Stephanie Miller laying on the ground with several gunshot wounds

Authorities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on location of a homicide at the Wawa on Sugartown Road in Radnor. Photo: yc.news/exclusive

At about 8:22 p.m., Radnor Township Police Department was dispatched to the Wawa located at 151 Old Sugartown Road in Wayne for the report of shooting. Upon entering the Wawa, Officer Stephanie Racht observed a female victim, later identified as Stephanie Miller, laying on the floor of the store with a gunshot wound to her head and additional gunshot wounds to her stomach area. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Miller worked as an occupational therapist and was described as “loving” by friends.

2. Police immediately learned that Brian Kennedy, 34, planned to meet her at Wawa for a custody exchange

Authorities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on location of a homicide at the Wawa on Sugartown Road in Radnor. Photo: yc.news/exclusive

Detective TJ Schreiber of the Radnor Township Police Department and Michael Jay of the Criminal Investigation Division conducted an immediate investigation. As a result of witness interviews, video surveillance, and police investigation, law enforcement was able to determine that an individual identified as Brian Kennedy arrived on scene at the Wawa to meet the victim, with whom he shared custody of a child.

3. After retrieving an AR-15 from his car, Kennedy gunned down Stephanie Miller in a coldblooded execution-style murder

Authorities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on location of a homicide at the Wawa on Sugartown Road in Radnor. Photo: yc.news/exclusive

Kennedy retrieved a DTI AR-15 rifle from the trunk of his car, entered the store, and repeatedly shot the victim. Kennedy then fled the scene in his vehicle.  At approximately 10:37 p.m. that same night, Kennedy was located in his vehicle by Pennsylvania State Police Patrol at Thornbury Park in Thornbury Township, Delaware County, PA.

4. District Attorney Katayoun Copeland told yc.news that Kennedy murdered Stephanie Miller in ‘a senseless act of violence.’

Authorities in Delaware County, Pennsylvania on location of a homicide at the Wawa on Sugartown Road in Radnor. Photo: yc.news/exclusive
Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.
Brian Kennedy, 34, is charged with murder in the death of his ex-wife. Stephanie Miller. Police say he shot her at point-blank range with an AR-15 style rifle in the Radnor Wawa.

“In this case, the victim, Stephanie Miller, was brutally murdered at the hands of Brian Kennedy, taking an innocent life in a senseless act of violence,” District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland told yc.news. “With no regard for human life, the defendant used an AR-15 to murder the mother of his child while also placing numerous others at risk of losing their life. While we know this arrest does not undo the tragedy that occurred last evening, our office will continue to work to bring justice to this case, the victim, and her family,” said District Attorney Copeland. “I would like to commend the Radnor Township Police Department for their swift action, as well as CID Detectives, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Tredyffrin and Eastown Police Departments, for their assistance in investigating and apprehending this dangerous individual.”  

5. Kennedy threatened to kill Stephanie a few years prior while waiting in line at the same Wawa store

According to court records, Kennedy was arrested in 2016 for harassment and terroristic threats.

Kennedy had threatened to kill his ex-wife during a child custody exchange, according to Delaware County court documents. The altercation happened when in line at the same Wawa store.

“Get that [expletive] life insurance policy before I kill you,” Kennedy whispered in Miller’s ear as she waited to buy items for their then-3-year-old son, the court documents said.

She yelled “excuse me” in an attempt to draw attention to herself, she told police.

We told you first, police swarmed the Wawa Thursday night after reports of a shooting. The gunman remained at large for approximately two hours before being apprehended by police.

Kennedy faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. He is being held without bail at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility.