100 shots fired: 23-year-old store owner, friend killed during West Philadelphia cookout

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Tuesday, July 6, 2021
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The 23-year-old owner of a West Philadelphia clothing store and his friend were killed during a cookout where more than 100 shots were fired, police say.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- A triple shooting at a Fourth of July barbecue in West Philadelphia left two people dead and and a teenager in the hospital.

Witnesses say, at first, they mistook the gunshots around 10:30 p.m. Sunday at 60th and Sansom streets for fireworks. Then they started to run.

One of the victims has been identified as 23-year-old Sircarr Johnson Jr., the owner of Premiere Bande, a clothing store in West Philadelphia.

He was also a father, a husband, a son and a brother.

"I'm praying for his father. I'm praying for his mother. I'm praying for his family," said friend Ahkeem Towles, who came by the storefront on Monday morning to pay his respects to Johnson's family.

Johnson had invited the community to an Independence Day barbecue, which was also an anniversary party for his store.

A post on the store's Instagram page promoting the party read, "4th of July Anniversary Cookout!! Everything free starts at 6:00. Celebrating another year of success!"

Family and friends say Johnson always helped others.

"He could have kept that money to himself. A 23-year-old entrepreneur and a city activist - what else can you ask for?" Towles added.

More than 100 shots were fired. Police ran out of evidence markers.

Johnson's 21-year-old friend, Salahaldin Mahmoud, was also pronounced dead.

A 16-year-old female was also shot and hospitalized in stable condition.

Police are reviewing footage from surveillance cameras in the area.

And only a few hours later, police responded to the 5900 block of Hazel Avenue in West Philadelphia for another homicide.

Police say a 21-year-old male was shot multiple times just before 2 a.m. Monday.

He was rushed to the hospital where he died.

As of now, there is no word on any arrests or a possible motive in these shootings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.