2 men found dead in Philadelphia's Tacony section; police search for suspect

The two men, who have not been identified, were found shot to death at the bottom of a staircase near a basement apartment.

Friday, December 3, 2021
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The men, who police believe are about 20 to 30 years old, were found with multiple gunshot wounds.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Philadelphia police are investigating after two men were found fatally shot in the city's Tacony section on Friday morning.

The men, who police believe are about 20 to 30 years old, were found with multiple gunshot wounds at about 4:30 a.m. near Passmore and Charles streets.

Their bodies were located at the bottom of some steps leading to a basement apartment. Authorities believe one of the victims lived in the building.

"We're not sure of the circumstances, however, we did find seven spent shell casings just a few feet away," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said they are now searching for a suspect who ran from the area.

"We do have a 911 description from some callers that said it was a male thin build, dressed all in dark or black clothing, that was last seen on foot going north on Charles Street from Passmore," said Small.

Dave Waldron, who lives in Tacony, said he wonders if there is anything that could end the gun violence crisis.

"I'm not going to say I'm not nervous, but for my younger brothers, yeah. I hate the fact that when they say they want to go to the store, that I'm like what do you want from the store because I don't want them to walk outside, you know what I mean?" Waldron said.

"It has to stop. This is ridiculous," remarked Monica Cook of the city's mounting homicide rate. "You have to learn to talk. Everything doesn't have to end in death. We already going to die one day anyway, but not like this."

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to call police.