Man shot dead in car on Roosevelt Boulevard identified

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Man shot dead in car, crashes on Roosevelt Boulevard. Trish Hartman reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on April 2. (WPVI)

Philadelphia Police have identified the man found shot to death at a crash scene on Roosevelt Boulevard early Sunday.

Investigators say 39-year-old Donte Valentine, of the 400 block of North Wanamaker Street, was found inside a 2016 Chrysler 300.

They say it appears Valentine swerved across the boulevard at Adams Avenue after being shot.

He crashed into a fence at Friends Hospital on the northbound side of the boulevard and was pronounced dead by medics who responded to the scene.

People who live in the area of Summerdale Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard were disturbed to learn of the shooting and crash.

"Yeah, it's disturbing. Yeah, I got kids. There's kids all up around this block," said Elizabeth Gonzalez of Feltonville.

"I heard shots. And I was on the porch, and I looked out the window," said a neighbor who didn't wish to be identified.

They said about five gunshots rang out, and then a white vehicle drove away from the intersection.

"The car turned the corner. I turned out the light, to tell you the truth. I thought, 'It must be that car,' " the neighbor said.

Police say the victim was stopped at the light on Summerdale and the southbound side of the Boulevard when a white Cadillac pulled up to the driver's side. Multiple shots were fired, wounding the victim in the head and neck.

After the shots were fired, police say the Cadillac fled southbound, and the victim swerved straight across the boulevard, crashing into the fence along the outer lanes.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parts of the Boulevard were shut down for several hours while police investigated, and news of what happened started to spread.

Action News spoke to a woman who was in the process of moving out of her home on Summerdale, saying after five years, the neighborhood has gotten too dangerous for her family.

"The kids can't even sit out here, hang out or go down the street to the park. The shootings, people's getting robbed. You're not safe out here," the woman said.


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