Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 injured in Philly; at least 15 shots fired

The shooting happened outside of Our Brother's Barber Shop on the 5100 block of Germantown Avenue

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Friday, August 20, 2021
Drive-by shooting leaves 1 dead, 4 injured in Philly
Police say a shooter pulled up and opened fire on a group of people gathered on the sidewalk in front of a barbershop.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A drive-by shooting left one person dead and four others wounded on Thursday night, according to Philadelphia police.

It happened around 5:37 p.m. outside of Our Brother's Barber Shop on the 5100 block of Germantown Avenue.

"A vehicle was traveling south on Germantown and at least one person, possibly two, from that vehicle opened fire," said Deputy Commissioner Ben Naish with the Philadelphia Police Department.

Police say a 28-year-old man was killed after he was shot once in the head. He has not been identified.

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Police say the shooting also injured a 62-year-old man, 41-year-old man, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman. All were taken a local hospital.

The 62-year-old victim is listed in critical condition. The three other victims are listed in stable condition.

"I can't tell you why somebody at 5:30 p.m. in the evening would open fire on a group of people in broad daylight," said Naish.

Police say at least 15 shots were fired from two different caliber weapons.

Lamont King's 41-year-old cousin was among those shot. He says his friend, Mac, was the victim who was killed.

"Drive-by shootings. It don't stop. Somebody's got to stop it," King said.

A crowd gathered outside City Hall Thursday night demanding something be done about all the gun violence that has plagued the city for almost two years now.

"It's crazy, I don't feel safe walking in my own city. I've been here for 64 years and I don't feel safe. That's not good," said Barry Chapman of Germantown.

Some groups have been clamoring for the governor to call in the National Guard to help, but Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Police Department do not believe that will help.

"I don't think that the National Guard standing on every corner for 24 hours a day is going to stop the violence. I think people are going to have to get angry and they're going to have to start thinking about who's responsible for the violence," said Deputy Commissioner Naish.

No arrests have been made. Police are looking for a green vehicle believed to be involved in the deadly shooting.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.