On 56th Street in the Kingsessing neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia, a 40-year-old man dressed in a ski mask with an assault rifle, bulletproof vest, a pistol, a police scanner, and an extra magazine killed 5 innocent people aged 15 to 59. The fatal shooting took place on 4th July, Monday night. Apart from the five people killed in the nation’s worst shooting, a 2-year-old boy and a 13-year-old were passing through the crime scene wounded but were in stable condition now.
When police arrived at the scene started helping the victims who were injured while some of the cops chased the victim on hearing the shooting sound. The victims were rushed to the nearby hospital and the gunman was finally arrested in an alley, reported by Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw at a news conference.
He also praised the police officials for their bravery as they immediately rushed the victims to the hospital for paramedics and at the same time chase the gunner and finally captured him.
According to the police department, the shooter had no previous connections with the victims and was shooting randomly. He was firing aimlessly. Staff Inspector Ernest Ransom, the slaying unit commander revealed that the interviews of the witnesses and the video cleared that the suspect went to various locations carrying an AR-15-style rifle and wearing a ski mask and body armor.
One of the witnesses, Theo James on Tuesday morning reported that he had seen the shooter and heard the gunfire that he has never heard before. He said that “The shots sounded like this was a military base here on the corner.”
Police finally arrested the suspect, Kimbrady Carriker who was initially described as a 40-year-old man but later the officials said that they are unclear about his gender identity. Nevertheless, the suspect was charged with over 30 counts including multiple murder counts, attempted murder, and assault.
Police officials believe that the suspect acted alone and there was no reason to believe that someone else was involved. A second person was found with a gun, believed to have been obtained from somewhere, and fired back at the shooter and was taken into custody but right now no charges were imposed on him as the law gives him the right to protect others and himself.
On Tuesday afternoon the Philadelphia Police identified all five victims fatally killed by the shooter. The first victim was 31-year-old Joseph Wamah Jr. He was found at his home early Tuesday with severe bullet injuries. The other four targets are 59-year-old Ralph Moralis, 20-year-old Lashyd Merritt, 15-year-old Daujan Brown, and 29—year-old Dymir Stanton.
According to a database maintained by USA Today and The Associated Press in collaboration with Northeastern University, Philadelphia violence was the country’s 29th mass killing in 2023, the highest recorded mass killing so far.