Gunman in Mass Philadelphia Shooting That Left 5 Dead Fired Randomly At Victims: Police | VIDEOs

The shooter has been arrested and identified as Kimbrady Carriker, 40.

Michelle Watson, Jennifer Feldman, Dakin Andone and Celina Tebor, CNN

*(CNN) — A gunman wearing a bulletproof vest and a ski mask fired randomly at vehicles and pedestrians Monday night in southwest Philadelphia. The mass shooting killed five people and wounded two others, authorities said.

In a Tuesday afternoon news conference, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw told reporters the “armed and armored” assailant was firing seemingly at random people, including a mother driving her twins home, in the Kingsessing neighborhood.

“What happened last night was unimaginably disgusting and horrifying,” Outlaw said.

Responding officers ran toward the sound of gunfire and pursued the suspect, who fired his rifle as he fled. The assailant was taken into custody in an alley without further incident, the commissioner said.

Kimbrady Carriker allegedly shot five men dead and injured two children in Philadelphia. - Facebook
Kimbrady Carriker allegedly shot five men dead and injured two children in Philadelphia. – Facebook

The shooter has been identified as Kimbrady Carriker, 40, reports the NY Post. On his Facebook page, Carriker posted two photos of himself wearing a bra, a women’s top, and earrings with his hair braided long in March, three months before the alleged shooting. The report added that Carriker also regularly posts about supporting Black Lives Matter, including supporting workers who protested in the Strike For Black Lives in July 2020.

District Attorney Larry Krasner said the suspect likely will appear in court Wednesday.

A second person who was detained Monday night after also firing a gun has been released. Authorities think they were acting in self-defense and their actions were legal, but the investigation is ongoing.

Philadelphia police identified the deceased victims as Lashyd Merritt, 20; Dymir Stanton, 29; Ralph Moralis, 59; and 15-year-old Daujan Brown, who police initially estimated to be between 16 and 21. The fifth victim, found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, was identified as Joseph Wamah Jr., 31, according to a news release.

Two boys, ages 2 and 13, also suffered multiple gunshot wounds to their legs, according to the release, and police earlier indicated they were in stable condition. Two other people, a 33-year-old woman and another 2-year-old boy, were injured by glass. At Tuesday’s news conference, authorities indicated the 2-year-olds were twins in a vehicle that was fired upon.

Philadelphia Mass Shooting (Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw) - screenshot
Philadelphia Mass Shooting (Police Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw) – screenshot

The suspect had an AR-style rifle, a 9 mm handgun, and a scanner that tracks emergency response radio traffic, authorities said. Outlaw said earlier she thinks the suspect is 40 years old, and early evidence doesn’t show a connection to the victims.

The shooting spanned several blocks and consisted of at least 50 shell casings and damaged vehicles, Outlaw said at a Monday night news conference.

The fifth victim was discovered early Tuesday, hours after the other victims were found in a home in Kingsessing, city police Chief Inspector Scott Small said at a separate news briefing, The neighborhood sits on the west bank of the Schuylkill River in southwest Philadelphia.

The gunfire in Philadelphia erupted Monday evening as the United States endures a seemingly never ending epidemic of gun violence, including another Monday night shooting in Fort Worth, Texas, that left at least three people dead and eight wounded. Another shooting in Baltimore on Saturday left two people dead and 28 others injured.

The shootings in all three cities were among at least 345 mass shootings in the US so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which, like CNN, defines a mass shooting as one in which four or more people are shot, not including the shooter.

Philadelphia Mass Shooting - screenshot
Philadelphia Mass Shooting – screenshot

“This devastating violence must stop,” Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said in a tweet Monday evening.

“My heart is with the loved ones and families of everyone involved, and I send my prayers to the victims,” Kenney said.

President Joe Biden condemned the “wave of tragic and senseless shootings” across the country, saying in a statement he and first lady Jill Biden “grieve for those who have lost their lives and, as our nation celebrates Independence Day, we pray for the day when our communities will be free from gun violence.”

Tuesday, he pointed out, marks one year since a mass shooting at a July Fourth parade in Highland Park, Illinois, left seven dead and dozens more wounded.

How the shooting unfolded

Police officers were flagged down in the area where the shooting began around 8:30 p.m. Monday, Outlaw said and discovered multiple gunshot victims.

“As they were scooping up victims and preparing them for transport to the hospital, they also heard multiple gunshots up the street,” Outlaw said.

Again, as officers were responding to the second shooting scene, more gunshots could be heard on a nearby street, she said.

Officers found the suspect and pursued him on foot as he continued shooting, Outlaw said. The suspect was finally cornered in an alley and apprehended, she said.

“Thank God our officers were here on scene (and) they responded as quickly as they did,” Outlaw said Monday. “I can’t even describe the level of bravery and courage that was shown.”

The body of the slain 31-year-old man was found around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday by his father in the living room, according to Small, the chief inspector.

The father reported this to an officer who was in the area investigating the shooting from hours earlier. The man had been shot several times, and responding medics declared him dead shortly after, Small said.

Investigators found seven rifle rounds inside the home, Small said. Because of the home’s location and ballistic evidence, investigators believe that person’s death is related to the others, Small said.

“We believe now this is the seventh (person shot) and it’ll be the fifth person that was shot and killed,” Small said.

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