1 arrested, another sought in fatal triple shooting

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Police say they've caught one of the shooters behind a deadly encounter involving innocent bystanders.

Police say they've caught one of the shooters behind a deadly encounter involving innocent bystanders, but they're still looking for another gunman.

Last month, three unsuspecting people were caught in the crossfire of a shootout in North Philadelphia. One of them died, and two others went to the hospital.

Police had been developing leads and closing in on one of the suspects, identified as 22-year-old Dayquin Cooper. Wednesday night, he surrendered to police.

It was just before 9 p.m. on July 15th when, police say, Dayquin Cooper and another man engaged in a gun battle on the 2800 block of North 9th Street.

64-year-old Jerry Floyd was shot in the chest and died. A 48-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl were also shot, but survived.

Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp explains, "It doesn't appear that any of the victims were targeted. It looks like they were innocent bystanders. That Mr. Cooper and another individual or individuals were involved in a gun battle and these were innocent bystanders that were in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Police are searching for at least one more shooter.

So far, 171 people have been killed in Philadelphia this year - up 6-percent from this time last year.

"This is senseless," Sgt. Gripp said. "The gun violence that continues to plague our city and cities across the nation, it has to stop."

Police say they are developing new information about that second suspect, which they will release once they have details confirmed.
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