Philadelphia police search for 4 suspects in shooting of teen who was walking to school – NBC10 Philadelphia
Philadelphia police have released surveillance photos of the four suspects. On Tuesday morning, he shot and killed a teenage boy on his way to school.
The shooting took place shortly before 7:40 a.m. at the corner of West Hunting Park Avenue and North 16th Street in the Nicetown neighborhood of the Philadelphia Police Department. Eric Gripp said at his press conference:
Police rushed the teenager, identified as 15-year-old Devin Weedon by his family, to the hospital, where he later died.
Shortly before the shooting, Weedon had gotten into a fight with at least three other youths, one of whom was wearing a ski mask.
Weedon was in tenth grade nearby. Mastery-Simon Gratz High Schoolsaid Grip.
“We’re all tired of living in fear. This is no way to live. And our children need to be safe,” Emotional Grip said.
Several police vehicles were visible at the scene of the shooting. Police hoped the surveillance video would help track down the shooter.
Police on Wednesday said robbery was the motive for the fatal shooting. They also released surveillance photos of four suspects in the shooting.
For details leading to the arrest and conviction of “the murder of this young man,” Mr. Gripp offered a $30,000 reward (a $20,000 reward for every murder, plus an additional charge because this happened in a school district). $10,000) will be offered.
The father of a 15-year-old boy who was shot dead on his way to school in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning shared his grief and frustration. There’s more on his Leah Uko on NBC10.
“Why did you kill my son?”
Gary Whedon, a teenage father, spoke to NBC10 about his son’s death.
“This is a bunch of cowards,” said Weedon. “In my time, I was born in the 60s, but if you fought someone and he beat you, it didn’t mean you didn’t beat him. When you fought, you had to be respectful. . [When we lost] we shook hands you drank beer Smoked weed. Then go play basketball. Well, you fight a man. He comes back with 50 clips and wants to put them all in you. And half the time, they hit the wrong person. ”
Weedon told NBC10 that more law and order was needed, denouncing minors as adults and saying a Stop and Frisk revival would help.
“I want to ask all three of you, ‘Why did you kill your son?'” asked Weedon. “Why? Because you were embarrassed because he dropped you and your boy by himself? Wasn’t there another way to catch him?”
Weedon told NBC10 that his son stayed out of trouble.
“Son, he really doesn’t run into anybody,” said Weedon. “He’s come home. He’s gone to his room and he’s playing on his computer. He’s playing his game.”
Weedon blamed the ongoing violence in Philadelphia on guns and government officials.
“Guns [are] problem,” he said. But let something happen to one of their children.”Oh, we’re gonna pass this bill. We’re gonna pass this bill.”
Weedon held his parents accountable as well.
“You brought these parents here and let them run around. Hold them accountable for your children’s actions. Let’s do it!” he said. “Things must change.” At 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00, I let the children out here.”
Weedon also had a message for those responsible for his son’s death.
“You’ve not only ruined my family, you’ve hurt yours.” You will be so sad.”
Police are looking for three men who allegedly shot a 15-year-old boy attending Simon Gratz High School on Tuesday morning. NBC10’s Miguel Martinez-Valle has an update on the incident.
School Community Mourning for Murdered Students
Students at Simon Gratz High School and Master Prep Middle School, which share a campus, were dismissed early at 11 a.m. Tuesday, the master school said in a prepared statement.
“This morning, a student at Simon Gratz High School was killed in a shooting a few blocks from our school,” Master Schools said in a statement. “The identity of the student has been determined and the family has been notified. Mastery extends its deepest condolences to the student’s family and loved ones and respects their privacy. We share their loss. It’s[devastating]that gun violence is so often affecting our cities and our communities.”
Devin Weedon was a member of his school’s football team, the charter school principal told NBC10’s Miguel Martinez-Valle
Classes were canceled Wednesday to give students and staff time to grieve.
“Our Gratz campus, which includes high school, middle school, and elementary school, will be closed for Healing Day on Wednesday, March 29.” said a message On the Simon Gratz website.
Grief counseling and other mental health services are now available to Simon Gratz students.
deadly victims of gun violence
Deadly gun violence continues to rock Philadelphia. Entering Wednesday, at least 104 murders were reported in Philadelphia in 2023. According to police documentsThat’s down about 14% from the same time last year, but it’s still on pace for one of the deadliest years on record.
Children continue to be the target of shootings in Philadelphia.According to a recent shoot Data from City HallChildren accounted for about 9% of the more than 390 shootings in Philadelphia so far this year.
“People can’t walk in the streets,” said Gary Weedon. “There are old people who can’t sit on the stairs, there are men, and there are people who are too scared to do anything. Children are to blame.”
On Tuesday, Philadelphia School Board President Reginald Streeter said the city as a whole must continue to fight gun violence.
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