Video released in Piazza killings

Alleged relatives identify male victim
June 30, 2009 5:08:24 AM PDT
Police have released surveillance video from the double murder in an upscale Philadelphia apartment complex.Police say the suspects; the ambush was orchestrated and planned very well. The suspects may have even cased the apartment complex long before the night of the killings.

One suspect gains access by following a female tenant. He wanders nonchalantly up on the second floor, comes back down and sits on a table before letting in two more accomplices. They take the staircase up to the 7th floor. A fourth suspect is a floor below keeping lookout. He eventually heads to the ground floor while the three shooters lay in wait in the stairwell.

"This is extremely organized. I mean here you have 4 guys all on cell phones together going up staircases. He's alerting them when the two decedents are on their way up," explained Captain James Clark.

Rian Thal and Timothy Gilmore finally get off the elevator. They suspect something is amiss. They peek outside the window then walk toward her apartment. The suspects emerge from the stairwell. Thal is shot once in the head. Gilmore is shot multiple times in the chest and body.

"Actually what you can't see, they're trapped because they have another shooter at the other end of the hallway. So it was very well organized."

Police say Thal is a big time drug dealer. They found four kilos of cocaine and more than $100-thousand in cash inside her apartment. A source close to the investigation says Gilmore and a partner, both from Ohio, are believed to have been Thal's supplier. Gilmore's partner was actually inside Thal's apartment when the two were shot.

The source says unreleased video shows him leaving the apartment 10 minutes after the shooting with a large duffel bag. He walks over the bodies and out of the complex.

One angle police are pursuing, the shooters knew Thal was being re-supplied with coke and planned to rob her.

"The plan probably went wrong really quickly having to shoot and kill both of them and leaving without taking anything."

Police say both Gilmore and Thal are known to law enforcement. Court documents reveal Thal has been busted for drugs before in Delaware County.

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