New video released in fatal shooting of 15-year-old Roxborough High School student on SEPTA bus

Friday, May 26, 2023
New video released in fatal shooting of 15-year-old on SEPTA bus
Police have identified the 15-year-old who was shot and killed on a SEPTA bus. The teen was a Roxborough High School student.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police have released surveillance video of the suspect and a person of interest wanted in connection with a deadly shooting of a teenager on a SEPTA bus.

Authorities have identified the victim as 15-year-old Randy Mills of Philadelphia. He was a student at Roxborough High School.

SEPTA police say the shooter boarded the Route 23 bus in the city's Germantown section around 10:45 p.m. Wednesday wearing a hoodie and a full-face mask.

The victim shot and killed on a SEPTA bus in Germantown was a 15-year-old boy. Sources tell Action News he was a Roxborough High School student.

According to investigators, the gunman and Mills were sitting across from each other near the front of the bus.

Authorities say the shooter immediately engaged Mills in a verbal argument, which turned physical, as the bus traveled down the 5200 block of Germantown Avenue. Then two shots were fired and the gunman fled.

Eight passengers were on the bus at the time.

Arriving officers found Mills lying in the aisle, unresponsive and bleeding. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Police say a bullet narrowly missed the 52-year-old SEPTA driver, who told officers she ducked and opened the bus doors when she heard the gunfire.

If you see this suspect do not approach, contact 911 immediately.

Anyone who may recognize the suspect is asked to call 911 immediately.

Police are also asking for the public's help in identifying a person of interest in the shooting.

Police are also trying to identify a person of interest depicted in the video, as well as any other potential witnesses to the incident.

The person was seen on video seemingly picking up the deceased victim's belongings before getting off the bus.

Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to call police.

Violence on SEPTA a continued concern

SEPTA has reported eight shooting incidents so far this year, and that includes cases on SEPTA vehicles and in stations, and when shots were fired off of SEPTA property and struck a person, building or vehicle. There have been three fatalities. Earlier this month, there was a fatal shooting on the SEPTA platform at 52nd and Market streets.

"This pattern is repeating itself far too often. Far too often in the city, far too often on SEPTA. Seemingly everyone has access to a gun and the propensity they use it over meaningless arguments is shocking," said SEPTA Transit Police Chief Chuck Lawson.

SEPTA has a message for anyone trying to conceal their identity to commit crimes.

"Masks are an issue. I'm going to be completely honest with you. These full head coverings are a major issue because we're seeing them routinely being worn in 80-degree weather or above, and there is no legitimate reason, pandemic withstanding, no legitimate reason to wear a full head covering in public for anything medical or otherwise," said Lawson.

Roxborough High in mourning again

The School District of Philadelphia released staggering statistics this week showing 164 students have been victims of violence since the start of the school year. Twenty-three have died.

Roxborough High School had grief counselors on hand Friday for students.

"We wish to extend our deepest sympathies and heartfelt thoughts to the family and friends of the young Roxborough High School student whose life was tragically cut short Wednesday. We condemn the senseless gun violence in Philadelphia - a years-long crisis that continues to have lasting impacts on our children and their families," the school district said in a statement.

"We are committed to working together with the Mayor's Office, City Council, the business community and other Philadelphians who share the urgent need to eradicate gun violence in our city."

It was just this past fall at Roxborough High School where five students were shot as they left the football field. Fourteen-year-old Nicolas Elizalde lost his life.

Nicolas Elizalde

The deadly gunfire rang out around 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 27, 2022, on the 4700 block of Pechin Street near Roxborough High School, just as a junior varsity football scrimmage ended between three schools: Roxborough, Northeast High School and Boys Latin Charter School.

Elizalde, of Havertown, Pa., was shot and died from his injuries. He was a freshman at Saul High School but played football for Roxborough.

Police say the suspects waited for six minutes before jumping out of the SUV and firing more than 60 shots.

Twenty-one-year-old Yaaseen Bivins, 16-year-old Saleem Miller, 15-year-old Troy Fletcher and 17-year-old Zyhied Jones have all been arrested in connection with the shooting. But 17-year-old Dayron Burney-Thorn remains at large.

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information leading to his arrest.

The suspect in Wednesday's killing also remains at large. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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